1 dead, 4 injured in 6-truck pile-up on West Coast Expressway

One person died and four were left injured after a semi-trailer hit a road construction vehicle then plowed into five other trucks on the West Coast Expressway (Provincial Highway 61) in Taichung City this morning, May 4. Taichung City Fire Bureau received a report at 10:23 am that a number of vehicles were involved in a traffic accident at the 150.9 kilometer mark in the northbound lanes of the expressway in Qingshui District, and that two people were trapped in

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Man dies after being hit and run over by 4 cars in Taipei City

A man in Taipei City died after being hit and runover by four vehicles on a pedestrian crossing in dark, rainy conditions in the early hours of the morning today, May 2. According to reports, the 41-year-old man, named Zhuang, was crossing Zhongxiao West Road at the intersection of Xining Road when he was hit and knocked down by a taxi driven by a man named Ding at around 3:00 am. Ding pulled over immediately, but a few seconds later,

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Woman survives falling 70 meters after motorcycle accident on mountain road

A motorcyclist was rescued after crashing her motorcycle, flying over a guardrail, and falling 70 meters down a steep, rocky slope in Pingtung County, Wednesday, April 27. The 19-year-old woman, named Zeng, was riding a motorcycle on Provincial Highway 24 in Wutai Township when she hit a fallen rock and crashed shortly after noon, according to reports. A friend riding on another motorcycle immediately called emergency services. Firefighters used ropes to abseil down the cliff to reach Zeng, and found

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Driver dead after car crushed by train

A man died after crashing his car and landing on railway tracks before being hit by a train in Chiayi County last night, April 7. At around 11:40 pm a 40-year-old resident of Tainan City, named Hsu was traveling northbound on Provincial Highway 1 in Shuishang Township, Chiayi County when he lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a roadside tree. Hsu’s black Toyota Altis sedan flew over a 1.5-meter-high fence onto railway tracks, and was then hit by

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Drunk driver pulled out of Tesla before car consumed by fire

A drunk driver was pulled out of a Tesla by passersby before the car went up in flames, following a single-vehicle crash in New Taipei City in the early hours of this morning, Sunday, March 27. The 53-year-old driver, named Lee, is believed to have lost control of the vehicle in rainy conditions at the intersection of Wenshan Road and Xinguang Road in Shenkeng District at around 4:00 am. According to the investigation the car hit a traffic island and

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Philippine cyclist killed in drunk-driving hit and run accident in New Taipei City

A thirty-two-year-old Philippines national died after being hit by a drunk driver who fled the scene of the accident in Linkou District, New Taipei City this morning, Sunday, March 20. According to reports in United Daily News, the deceased was one of four Filipino migrant workers employed at a factory in Luzhu District in Taoyuan City who were on their way to join a long distance road cycling race starting at Liao Tianding Temple in Bali District, New Taipei City.

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Driver flips car, jumps from 10-storey high expressway to avoid drunk driving charge

A driver who crashed his car on an elevated expressway in New Taipei City survived a fall from a height of around 10-storeys after he jumped in an attempt to evade drunk driving charges. According to reports, the 32-year-old man, named Wang, crashed into the guardrail on the Banqiao section of the East-West Expressway (Provincial Highway 64) at 2:40 am. Wang’s Ford sedan rolled over and landed on it’s roof. Wang was not seriously injured and got out of the

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Tesla on Autopilot involved in fatal freeway crash

The driver of a Tesla involved in a traffic accident that left one dead and two injured was using the Autopilot feature at the time the car crashed, according to reports in United Daily News and Liberty Times. The Tesla slammed into the back of a road maintenance vehicle near the Daxi Interchange on National Highway 3 at 9:48 pm yesterday, March 7. The 46-year-old driver suffered an injured hand, and the badly damaged Tesla was left blocking the outer

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Man critically injured in level crossing accident was rushing to catch a train

Two men on a motor scooter were injured, one critically, after being hit by a train on a level crossing in Tainan City last night, and the scooter rider said that he had ignored the red lights and boom gates because his friend was in a hurry to catch a train. The 46-year-old scooter rider, named Liu, and his pillion passenger, who remains unnamed in reports, were hit by a local service train on a level crossing on Zhongzheng Road

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Critically ill patient wheeled to hospital after ambulance crash in Kaohsiung City

Paramedics abandoned their ambulance and wheeled a critically ill patient to the hospital after a collision around 150 meters from the emergency department entrance in Kaohsiung City this morning. At around 4:30 am an Fire Department ambulance carrying a female patient suffering from myocardial infarction collided with a Mercedes Benz sedan at an intersection of Rongzong Road in Zouying District. The driver of the ambulance suffered an injured left hand, and the second paramedic also suffered minor bruising. However, considering

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Slight decrease in traffic accidents, deaths; but drink driving, motorcycle fatalities up in 2021

Taiwan’s Ministry of Transportation and Communications today announced traffic accident statistics for 2021, showing that the overall number of traffic accidents, injuries, and deaths slightly decreased year-on-year, but fatalities from motorcycle accidents, and those involving drunk driving actually increased. According to the MOTC statistics, there were a total of 356,779 traffic accidents in Taiwan in 2021, resulting in 2,990 deaths and 474,376 injuries. Compared to 2020, there were 5,480 fewer accidents (-1.5%), 10 fewer deaths (-0.3%), and 7,777 fewer injuries

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