Gravel Truck Overturns on Rain-Damaged Road
A truck driver escaped with minor injuries after hitting a washed out section of road in Nantou County this morning.
The accident happened at around 6:30am after heavy rain overwhelmed the drainage culvert, causing a cross-section of the road to wash out.
The complete front wheel and axle assembly was ripped out from under the truck, which then overturned.
The road is part of an 11.5 kilometer network built exclusively for the use of gravel trucks. The road was opened to traffic last month in response to residents and road users complaints about the danger of gravel trucks using public roads.
The public works bureau said the road would take about 2 days to repair. In the meantime, the gravel trucks will be back on provincial highway 16. Police urged the gravel truck drivers not to speed, and to obey traffic regulations.
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