Driver was reading text messages when truck crashed into freeway maintenance crew killing 2

The driver of a truck that crashed into two road maintenance vehicles on National Freeway 3 yesterday, causing two deaths and three injuries, told police that he was using his phone at the time of the accident. The National Highway Police Bureau said that at 2:45 pm yesterday, May 6, the truck carrying 50,000 rapid antigen tests for COVID-19 crashed into the road crew in the southbound lanes on the Xihu section of freeway 3 in Miaoli County. Two of

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Sulfuric acid tanker rolls over on freeway exit

The driver of a chemical tanker was slightly injured, but fortunately no sulfuric acid leaked, after the truck rolled over on an exit of National Highway 3 in Miaoli County today, February 15. The Miaoli County Fire Department received reports that a tanker truck carrying sulfuric acid had overturned in the northbound exit lanes at the Zhunan Township interchange at 12:32 pm, and that an unknown liquid was leaking onto the road. Firefighters arrived to find that the liquid was

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Suspect accidentally shot during arrest at freeway rest stop

Miaoli County police fired 7 shots, one of which hit a suspect in the abdomen after the wanted man attempted to ram police at a freeway rest stop this morning, September 27. Police said that the 49-year-old suspect, named Su, was wanted on suspicion of having committed cable thefts in Tongxiao and Sanyi townships. Tongxiao Township police notified their counterparts at the Sanyi police station that Su’s car had been spotted at the Sanyi Cheting Service Area – a freeway

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High-speed single-vehicle crash leaves one dead, one seriously injured

A woman died and a man was left critically injured after both were thrown out of a car that crashed into a utility pole in Miaoli County this morning, September 10. Emergency services responded to reports of a crash at the intersection of Miaoli County #43 and Dexing Road in Yuanli Township at around 6:40 am. Police and firefighters found a car that had been torn in half by the impact of the crash, with both occupants thrown out of

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Jogger killed by lightning strike in Miaoli City

A man died after being struck by lightning while jogging when a thunderstorm hit the area in Miaoli City yesterday evening, July 13. The Miaoli City Fire Department received reports that a man had been struck by lightning on a pathway atop the riverside levee bank opposite the National Miaoli Agricultural and Industrial Vocational High School at 6:25 pm. Fire department paramedics found the 31-year-old man, named Liu, without vital signs, and with injuries consistent with that of a lightning

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Miaoli County farmers create field painting for Mother’s Day

Farmers in Yuanli Township in Miaoli County have created a rice field “painting” dedicated to mothers ahead of Mother’s Day, and it will last to early July, the Yuanli Township Farmers’ Association says. The rice isn’t actually painted, the association pointed out, but rather is created by using five different varieties of rice producing different colors. A viewing platform was constructed, and opened in mid-April, and the peak viewing season will be from May to early July. The association has

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Snitches get riches reporting cigarette butt littering in Miaoli County

The Miaoli County Environmental Protection Bureau announced today that it has already received reports of 10,994 littering cases of which 90% consisted of dropping cigarette butts via the “Incentive Measures for Violation of Waste Clearance Cases” system this year. Two informants reported more than 800 cases of littering in a single month, and if every case results in a fine, each of those two informants will have earned more than NT$384,000 (US$13,672). The calculation is based on a fine of

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Cannabis chocolate grow-op busted in Miaoli County

Miaoli County district prosecutors and the Criminal Investigation Bureau raided a property in Zhunan Township, Thursday, September 5, and arrested four men involved in growing marijuana which they processed into chocolate products. According to a report in Liberty Times, the police were astonished to find that the men did not sell the leaves and flowers of the plant to be smoked, but rather processed it into edible products. Investigators seized 220 mature cannabis plants, 11 seedlings, a quantity of seeds,

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One person slightly injured after boulder falls on car

A woman suffered a slight head injury today after a large rock fell onto a moving car on route 62 in Miaoli County today, partially destroying the car, and causing it to crash into the mountainside. A couple had visited a hot springs resort and were heading home in a small hatchback at around 5:00pm, when a rock hit the car’s left-rear, sending the car out of control. Firefighters who attended the crash provided first aid and sent the 44-year-old

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10 Vehicle Freeway Pile-up: 1 Dead, 3 Injured

One man died and eight people were injured after an accident involving 10 vehicles on National Freeway 3 in Miaoli County late this afternoon, September 25. According to reports in Apple Daily and United Daily News this evening, at around 5:25pm, a multi-vehicle crash occurred at the 137.3km mark in the northbound lanes involving 3 large trucks, a small truck, and six cars. One vehicle was crushed under a truck, trapping the occupants. A slightly injured five-month pregnant woman was

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