Suspect shot dead in Tainan City SWAT raid

An armed suspect who shot at and injured a Kaohsiung City police officer last week was shot dead during a SWAT team raid on his hotel room in Tainan City this morning, October 31. According to police, the suspect, named Chen, put a pistol to his own temple and pulled the trigger, but the gun jammed. Chen then pulled the pistol’s slider, and pointed the gun at police. Three police officers opened fire, leaving Chen’s body riddled with 16 bullets,

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Heavy machinery falls off truck, crushes parked car

A large piece of heavy machinery fell off a semi-trailer in Kaohsiung City this morning, flattening a parked car, but fortunately the owner of the vehicle was having breakfast at the time, and there were no casualties. At 6:22 am this morning, a 26-year-old man named Liu was driving a semi-trailer on Dezhong Road in Nanzi District when the section of heavy machinery undercarriage being carried on the trailer fell off and crushed the small sedan. According to police, the

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Death toll in Kaohsiung City building fire rises to 46

At the end of a 13-hour firefighting and search and rescue mission following a fire in a 13 storey building in Kaohsiung City, 46 people have been declared dead, and 41 were injured. Kaohsiung City Fire Department said that at conclusion of the search mission at 3:30 pm, 32 bodies had been found in the Cheng-zhong-cheng (City within a City) Building in Yancheng District. Another 14 people who were rushed to hospital without vital signs, were declared dead, bringing the

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At least 20 dead in Kaohsiung City residential building fire

At least 20 people have died, and around 50 are injured, after a fire broke out in a 13-storey building in Kaohsiung City in the early hours of the morning today, October 14. Kaohsiung City Fire Department received reports of a fire in the mixed residential and commercial Chengzhongcheng Building on Fubei Road in Yancheng District at 2:54 am, Thursday. The fire department dispatched 72 vehicles and 145 personnel to battle the blaze. Firefighters found an intense fire fueled by

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Driver dead after car sandwiched between trucks in Kaohsiung City

A man man died at the scene of a crash after his car was crushed between two semitrailers near the Port of Kaohsiung yesterday, September 29. The Kaohsiung City Fire Department dispatched 14 personnel and 7 vehicles to the scene of the accident involving five vehicles on Yanhai Road in Xiaogang District at around 6:00 pm. Firefighters took more than one hour to extract the 29-year-old driver, named Guo, from his severely mangled car. However, Guo was “obviously dead” when

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Freeway guardrail damaged in Ferrari crash

A guardrail on National Freeway 3 will be repaired, but the red Ferrari 488 that crashed into it will be sold as scrap metal after the driver lost control of the vehicle in Kaohsiung City yesterday, September 5. The 42-year-old driver, named Chiu hit the central traffic divider while driving in the fast lane, before veering into the outer guardrail at the 383.3 kilometer mark in Yanchao District at 6:10 am, according to dashcam video of the accident. Fortunately, Mr

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Filial but drunk: driver crashes into police car injuring two officers

A driver rushing to visit his grandmother in hospital crashed head-on into a police car in Kaohsiung City this morning, and was promptly arrested for drunk driving. According to an Apple Daily report, Mr Wang, 27, was drinking at a friend’s house when he received an urgent call informing him that his grandmother had suffered a fall, and had been sent to the hospital. Wang anxiously got into his car with the intent of driving to the hospital, despite being

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Indigenous representative visiting stranded villagers swept away by flooded stream

A female indigenous representative is missing after being swept away by a sudden surge of mud, water, and rocks, while crossing a stream in a mountain district of Kaohsiung City yesterday, August 11. Xie Yizhen (謝宜真) had been visiting residents of three villages left isolated after catastrophic levels of rain destroyed roads and bridges in Taoyuan District last week. See previous story: Emergency supplies flown into communities left isolated after disaster-level rain At around 5:40 pm, 54-year-old Xie was crossing

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Emergency supplies flown into communities left isolated after disaster-level rain

Taiwan’s National Airborne Service Corps dispatched a Black Hawk helicopter to fly emergency supplies to mountain communities left isolated after days of torrential rain washed away bridges, and left roads blocked by landslides, Sunday August 8. The NASC helicopter carried 300 kilograms of supplies, and four Taipower personnel into Kaohsiung City’s Taoyuan District, which was inundated by an amount of rain not seen since the disastrous Typhoon Morakot hit the area in 2009. A surge of water and debris washed

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Scooter rider narrowly escapes death after 8 ton steel coil falls off truck

A scooter rider suffered only minor bruising after a steel coil weighing around eight tons fell off the back of a truck and bowled his scooter over in Kaohsiung City, yesterday, July 30. According to reports, at around 3:55 pm, a flatbed truck with trailer carrying four steel coils was passing through the intersection of Gaofeng Road and Kongfeng Road in Xiaogang District when one of the coils rolled off the back of the truck. The coil flipped end-to-end several

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Extremely heavy rain warning issued for New Taipei City: Kaohsiung prepares for disaster level rain

Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau issued an extremely heavy rain warning for New Taipei City, parts of Hualien County, and Pingtung County this afternoon, and the Kaohsiung City Government opened the Disaster Response Center in preparation for catastrophic level rain forecast for this weekend. Some areas of New Taipei City and Taoyuan City experienced sporadic, localized flooding during torrential downpours this afternoon as a band of thunderstorms swept over the area at around 2:00 pm. Taoyuan City’s Guishan District saw rain

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