The driver of a sedan died at the scene of a five-vehicle accident after a semi trailer plowed into stationary vehicles, crushing the car between two container trucks on National Freeway 1 this morning, March 21.
The accident occurred at around 11:30am as a line of vehicles were stopped behind a road maintenance vehicle in the fast lane of the the freeway in the south-bound lanes at the 364.5 kilometer mark in Kaohsiung City.
As the vehicles waited to merge right into the outer lanes, the driver of a semi-trailer plowed into another truck, which then nudged the sedan before being pushed into the center lane of the freeway.
The semi-trailer, then smashed into the sedan, which ‘crumpled like a piece of paper,’ according to one report, as it was sandwiched between the two trucks.
Firefighters cut the 39-year-old driver out of the mangled wreck of the silver Toyota, but he had lost vital signs, and was later declared dead at the hospital.
The driver of one of the trucks was sent to hospital suffering chest pain, and his condition was described as non life-threatening.
A total of five vehicles were involved in the chain-collision, of which four were large trucks.
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