Loose Screws Halt Traffic on National Freeway

Drivers on the National Freeway were caught in a one hour traffic jam and 15 vehicles suffered punctured tires after barrels of screws fell of a truck this evening, October 19.

Shortly after 6:00pm, a truck carrying a load of screws northbound from Tainan to Taichung lost two barrels, which burst open on impact, strewing screws over a 300 meter long section of the freeway in Yunlin County. A United Daily News report said the National Freeway turned into a “nail-way.”

Officers from the National Highway Police Bureau quickly arrived at the scene and directed traffic while a cleanup crew swept up the screws. The freeway was finally fully open at around 8:30pm.

The driver of the truck was handed a NT$9,000 ticket for failing to secure his load and will also be hit with compensation claims for the 15 vehicles with punctured tires.

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