Scooter rider drives on wrong side of freeway facing oncoming traffic in the fast lane for 60 kilometers

A man rode at speeds of 100 kilometers an hour on National Freeway 3, in the fast lane on the wrong side of the road, for a distance of about 60 kilometers, evading several Highway Police intercept points before finally coming to a stop near Taichung City, yesterday, February 13. The 43-year-old man named Huang entered the freeway from the Zhushan Interchange in Nantou County shortly before 6:00pm, driving against oncoming traffic at high speed, and heading north in the

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Express Train Derails on East Coast: at least 18 fatalities and 168 injured

[Constant Updates expected] An express train derailed at high speed in Ilan County this evening killing at least 17 and injuring more than 100 people . At 4:50pm, the Puyuma express No.6432 derailed between Dongshan and Suxin in Suao District on the east coast line. The train was carrying 310 passengers from Shulin Station in New Taipei City to Taitung City. Taiwan Rail Administration set up a level 1 disaster response command center at around 5:00pm, and the Ministry of

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Woman Struck by Train in Hualien County

A woman near Hualien County’s Fuli Station was struck by a train and seriously injured this evening, April 4. The woman survived but sustained serious injuries. The Tze-Chiang class limited express #439 northbound from Taidong to New Taipei City hit the 48 year-old woman about 800 meters south of Fuli Station at around 6:00pm. The injured woman was rushed to Yuli Veteran’s Hospital for emergency treatment, then was transferred to Hualien Tzu Chi Hospital due to the seriousness of her

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Woman Killed by Train After Fainting on Station Platform

A 38 year-old woman died after fainting on platform 4 of Taipei Main Station this morning. A train was pulling into the station when the woman suddenly collapsed and fell forward, with head and shoulders protruding over the edge of the platform. The train driver hit the emergency brake, but was not able to stop in time to avoid hitting the woman. Paramedics found the woman, named Zhang, had suffered head trauma and had no signs of life at the

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Woman Survives Fall from 5 Storey Bridge

A woman in Kaohsiung slipped off a bridge and swam to shore after landing in the water this morning. The woman denied that it was a suicide attempt, and told firefighters that she had slipped because it was too windy. At around 10:00 am, Ms Lin was seen sitting on the rail of Shuangyuan Bridge facing the sea. Concerned motorists called emergency services, and one man pulled up and called out to her before Lin slipped off the rail, landing

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Elderly Man Survives After Jumping into Path of Train

[Picture: Taiwan Railway Administration] A man in his 70s rushed forward and jumped off the platform as a train came into Shanjia Station, at around 8:05 am this morning. After being hit by the train, the man ended up between the platform and the wheels, suffering scratches and bruises, but conscious and not seriously injured. The man, dressed in pajamas and a light jacket, was rescued by firefighters and rushed to Far East Memorial Hospital in Banciao District. Shanjia Station

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Man Survives 5 Storey Fall After Landing on Car

A young man was hospitalized after falling from the 5th floor of a building in Xizhi District, New Taipei City, this afternoon, Tuesday, December 12. Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene of the accident on Fu-an Street at around 3:45pm, and found a man, around 20 years-old, conscious, but suffering multiple injuries after falling onto a parked SUV. Pictures showed firefighters pulling the man out of the crushed vehicle, after he apparently crashed through the windshield.

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News Briefs Tuesday September 26

Autumn Tiger: High Temperatures Across Taiwan Hot weather continues into Autumn. What westerners sometimes call an Indian Summer is called Autumn Tiger in Chinese. Taipei recorded a maximum temperature of 37.1°C at 12:48pm, while the normally cooler Matsu Islands saw a maximum of 36.6°C. Meteorologists warn that the high temperatures will persist for another couple of days. The hot weather is the result of a Pacific high pressure system. Mountain areas may experience thunderstorms in the afternoon. Police Swoop on

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Remains of Missing Mountain Climber Found

The remains of Taipei firefighter Li Ying-xun (李盈勳), who went missing in a mountainous region of Hualian County March 1 were found yesterday July 20. The skeletal remains were found at the bottom of a 100 meter drop by an aboriginal hunter, Yang Zhong-zheng (楊忠正) who was guiding a civilian team searching for Li. Firefighters from Taipei and Hualian, and army personnel spent 20 days searching for Li in March this year. During the search in precipitous terrain and under

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News Roundup July 4

Woman Spends Night at the Bottom of a Gully Taoyuan: A 40 year-old woman spent the night at the bottom of a ravine after rolling down a 40 meter slope in Fuhsing District, Taoyuan. At around 7:00pm last night, Ms You heeded an urgent call of nature and squatted in grass by the roadside to urinate. Ms You lost her balance and rolled down the slope. Nobody saw her fall or heard her calls for help until 7:00am this morning.

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Foreign Students Rescued After Flash Flood in Miaoli

[Picture: Miaoli County Fire Bureau.] Miaoli County Fire Bureau officers were called in to rescue a group of students after they were trapped by rapidly rising waters following heavy rain in Miaoli County yesterday. Liberty Times Network reported that the Five men and one woman are post-graduate students from Honduras, Ecuador, and Nicaragua. Four people managed to escape themselves, leaving two people trapped. Firefighters took 6 hours to rescue the two, and had to use rappelling equipment to reach the

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