Speeding drivers and wet roads led to a spate of car accidents in the last two days, including two high-speed crashes that left two dead and one critically injured.
One woman died and her husband was critically injured after a single-vehicle accident in Nantou City in the early hours of the morning, yesterday, February 3. The 38-year-old driver, named Shen, was driving from Nantou City towards Zhongxing Village when the vehicle carrying he and his wife crashed at high speed into a utility pole on a bend in the road at around 1:30 am. Police traffic accident investigators said that there was no sign of braking before the crash.
The couple were cut out of the mangled wreck of the vehicle and rushed to Changji Hospital, but Mrs Shen was without vital signs at the scene of the accident and was declared dead shortly after arrival. Mr Shen remains in a critical condition in the intensive care unit. According to a Liberty Times report, the couple have two elementary-school-aged children who are now in the care of relatives.
While the cause of the accident is still under investigation, police said that traffic monitor footage showed that the driver was speeding, and the vehicle crashed directly into the utility pole.
Later the same day, a man died in a single vehicle accident in Taoyuan City. The 41-year-old driver, named Zhou was driving a Toyota sedan that he had borrowed from his family when he lost control of the vehicle on the Neili exit ramp of the National Highway, southbound. Police investigators say that Zhou was suspected of driving too fast and overtaking at the time of the accident. The driver is suspected to have lost control of the vehicle after hitting water puddled on the road. The vehicle mounted a traffic island and crashed into a sign pole.
Zhou lost vital signs at the scene of the accident and was declared dead after being sent to the hospital.
In Taipei City a driver lost control of his vehicle on an off ramp of Zhongxiao Bridge at 12:26 am today, February 4. The car hit the guardrail and soundproofing wall of the off ramp and rolled over onto its roof. Police investigators say that the 50 meters the vehicle slid on its roof suggested that the driver, a 53-year-old man named Wu, was “not driving slowly” at the time of the accident.
Wu was pulled out of the vehicle unconscious and rushed to the hospital. Police are still awaiting the results of a blood test to determine if alcohol was a factor in the accident.
In Tamsui District, New Taipei City, a 26-year-old man, named Hsiao, lost control of his Lamborghini Huracan EVO Coupe V10 while negotiating a curve in wet weather at around 9:00 am yesterday. The sportscar collided with two parked vehicles, but fortunately nobody was injured in the accident.
Hsiao was tested and found not to have been affected by alcohol. One report noted that Hsiao had only taken delivery of the NT$6 million supercar in late December.
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