Hillside collapses onto highway in northern Taiwan: 2 minor injuries

Two people were rescued and sent to hospital after a hillside collapsed onto the coastal highway at a popular scenic spot in Keelung City today, Monday, June 3.

According to reports, the landslide occurred at 2:28 pm at the corner of Zhongzheng Road (Highway 2) and Chaojing Park Road. Boulders, rocks, and soil completely covered the highway and a carpark on the opposite side. Two people were rescued from one of the parked cars and sent to Chang Gung Memorial Hospital. Their injuries were described as non-life-threatening.

Fire fighters were dispatched from Keelung City and New Taipei City fire departments. One person was rescued at 2:36 pm, and another at 3:11 pm.

A total of eleven vehicles were completely or partially covered, or damaged by rocks.

The Keelung City Public Works Section said that the collapsed area covered around 1,500 square meters with an estimated volume of earth and rocks of 22,000 cubic meters. Six excavators, six dump trucks and three bobcats were working on clearing the landslide.

The location is a popular tourist area, being adjacent to the Chaojing Park scenic area, two fishing ports, and the National Museum of Maritime Science and Technology.

trucks and cars affected by landslide
Picture credit: Keelung City Fire Department.
aerial photo of landslide in Keelung City
Picture credit: Keelung City Government.
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