Driver who plunged to his death from elevated freeway suspected of not wearing a seat belt

A driver was found dead after flying out of his crashed vehicle, and falling from an elevated section of National Freeway 3, today, October 27. Emergency services received reports of a single-vehicle traffic accident at the 387.5 kilometer mark on Freeway 3 near Kaohsiung City at around 7:30am this morning. Officers from the Highway Police Bureau who arrived at the scene found an unoccupied small blue truck crashed against the outer guardrail. The officers spotted the driver in scrub-land around

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Bus Driver Sentenced to 4 Years for Negligent Death

[Kaohsiung City] The driver of an intercity bus that crashed into the central traffic divider on the National Freeway in September last year, killing six, and injuring 11, was sentenced to a 4 year, 2 month prison term today, August 29. See Previous Story: 6 Dead, 11 Injured in Freeway Bus Crash. The Qiaotou District Court determined that Wu Xiesong (吳協松) was guilty of professional negligence causing death. Video evidence presented showed that Wu had been looking down beside him

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Old Man Stands-off with Cops after Hacking Wife with Meat Cleaver

An elderly man in Kaohsiung City has been charged with attempted murder, after attacking his wife with a chopping knife, cutting her 20 times, before locking himself in a room and standing off with police for more than two hours. At around 9:00pm yesterday evening, June 8, 77 year-old Mr Ye quarreled with his 72 year-old wife, took a cleaver, and chopped at her face and body, until the knife started breaking along with the bones in his right hand,

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Drunk Driver Ends Up Under His Car

A passersby thought a pedestrian had been killed in a fatal accident when they saw a man’s body protruding from under a car near the entrance of a freeway interchange in Kaohsiung City yesterday. Police and ambulance personnel were surprised to find the man had no traumatic injuries, but was only “dead drunk.” Mr Lin, 48, had traveled to Kaohsiung to honor his ancestors during the Qing Ming (Tomb Sweeping) Festival. After the ceremonies, he consumed three bottles of Kaoliang

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Gas Explosion in Kaohsiung Restaurant Injures 20

Up to 20 people were injured, with three in intensive care, after a gas explosion at a bento restaurant in Xiaogang District, Kaohsiung City this evening, February 1. Liberty Times reports that a massive blast plunged the restaurant into a sea of fire at around 6:50 pm. Glass fragments showered the street, and the windows of nearby vehicles shattered. Video uploaded by the public to social media showed an intense blaze that ensued after the explosion. Both Liberty Times and

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Woman Survives Fall from 5 Storey Bridge

A woman in Kaohsiung slipped off a bridge and swam to shore after landing in the water this morning. The woman denied that it was a suicide attempt, and told firefighters that she had slipped because it was too windy. At around 10:00 am, Ms Lin was seen sitting on the rail of Shuangyuan Bridge facing the sea. Concerned motorists called emergency services, and one man pulled up and called out to her before Lin slipped off the rail, landing

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Eight Scooter Riders Bowled Over by Out of Control Car

Six college students were injured after a car went out of control and careered into a group of 7 scooters traveling together on route 28 in Kaohsiung yesterday. At around 9:30 pm, a driver named Zheng (鄭), who police suspect was speeding, lost control of his vehicle on a bend, and smashed into the group of 8 young scooter riders aged 19 and 20, who were on their way to Qishan Township. Fortunately, none of the injuries were life threatening,

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Runners Go Bananas in Kaohsiung

Six thousand runners participated in the second annual Banana run – the Qishan Marathon, in Kaohsiung this morning, Sunday, January 7. Many runners wore yellow clothes, some sported yellow sneakers, and a few even donned banana suits for the event. The route for the run meandered through banana plantations and fields of soy bean. Participants were treated to all kinds of banana flavored snacks including banana soup, banana egg rolls, banana cake, banana bread, banana popsicles, and banana vinegar drinks.

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3 Injured After Elderly Driver Passes Out at the Wheel

A 71 year-old man passed out while driving his car in Kaohsiung City this afternoon, sending his vehicle careering towards oncoming traffic, before finally crashing into a stationary car and scooters parked on the sidewalk. Dashcam footage from the driver’s car showed the car drifting left over the center dividing lines and into the path of scooters traveling in the opposite direction, before going through a red light, then crashing into a car parked outside a bank on the corner.

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Driver Too Drunk for Breath Test

A woman who crashed her car in Kaohsiung City this morning was so drunk that she giggled when the police arrived, and couldn’t manage to blow into an alcohol breath-testing device. Police had to take her to a hospital for an alcohol blood test. Ms Lee, 41, failed to negotiate a bend on a freeway interchange, and her car ended up mounting a traffic divider before coming to a stop against a pole at around 4:45am. After stopping, Lee remained

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Man Dies After Being Hacked with Watermelon Knife

A man bled to death after being hacked in the leg with a watermelon knife in the middle of the street in Kaohsiung City this morning. The deadly attack was the result of a dispute over a debt. At around 6:00am, the 42 year old victim, Mr Ou, met with a man in his 20s named Chen on Baojing Street, Zuoying District, to negotiate over an NT$30,000 debt. An altercation ensued during which Chen drew a watermelon knife and slashed

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