Spanish tourist dies after scooter hit by truck in Pingtung County

A Spanish woman who entered Taiwan on a tourist visa died after a truck driving on the wrong side of the road hit her scooter in Pingtung County last night, September 4. The 26-year-old woman, who is not named in media reports, was on her way back to a homestay in Manzhou Township when a light truck crossed the double-yellow lines and smashed head-on into her scooter the Fenshuiling section of County Road 200 in Changle Village shortly after 8:30

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Missing hiker rescued after 10 days with no food, and immobile due to injury

A man who went missing after being separated from a hiking group on June 6 was found alive, but injured yesterday June 16. Yang Xin-zheng ( 楊欣正 ), 52, became separated from a 15-person group of colleagues while hiking on Pengji Mountain in Pingtung County June 6. Pingtung County Fire Bureau mounted a large scale search for Yang, a hospital deputy administrative director, on the evening of the same day. Search efforts were hampered by steep terrain and constant rain.

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Multiple boats destroyed by fire at fishing port

At least seven boats were destroyed by fire in Yanpu fishing port in Donggang Township, Pingtung County yesterday, including five large ocean going long-liners. The fire started on a tuna fishing boat undergoing repairs in the port at around 4:00 pm, and in windy conditions, the fire quickly spread to other vessels. Electrical wires are suspected to be the cause of the fire, according to a report in Liberty Times. A pall of thick, black smoke could be seen as

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Hiker rescued after 10-day search

A man reported missing after failing to return from a hike November 10 was rescued after meeting a search party at a remote location in Pingtung County this morning, November 20. Song Rui-xiong, 60, was reported missing by his family on November 11, after he failed to return from a 1 day hike to the top of Pingding Mountain in Pingtung County. Search and rescue personnel located Song’s car at the trail head and began a ground and air search

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Four family members perish in fire, trapped by burglar bars

Four people died in a three-storey family residence after being unable to escape a fire that broke out on the first floor this morning in Pingtung County. Firefighters rushed to the scene of the fire after receiving reports of a residential fire in Neipu Township at around 5:40am. Firefighters used saws to cut through the first floor garage door to gain entry to the house, while ladders were used to rescue two girls from the third floor at the rear

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American involved in fatal rc glider accident released on bail: exit restricted

An American man who lost control of his remote-controlled glider during an international competition in Kenting National Park, resulting in the death of a woman yesterday, was released on bail while being investigated on charges of negligent homicide. [Correction: November 5, 2019. Previous report said “Charged with negligent homicide]. See previous story: Woman killed by remote controlled glider: American taken in for questioning  David Cortina, 57, was held in custody overnight after refusing to make a formal statement without consulting

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Woman killed by remote controlled glider: American taken in for questioning

A woman carrying her two-year-old child was killed instantly after a remote controlled glider struck her in the head as she strolled along a boardwalk in Kenting National Park, Saturday, November 2. Ms Lin, 36, from Tainan City, was enjoying a day trip in Longpan Park with her family when the approximately 5 kilogram model glider being flown by a competitor in the Taiwan leg of an international slope soaring competition slammed into her and the child at around 4:50pm.

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Railway Cops arrest fare-evader after he bites train conductor

A man was arrested in Pingtung County this morning after biting a train conductor who asked him to show a ticket. Mr Zhuang, 51, at first hid in a toilet cubicle after the train conductor asked him to show a ticket. At around 10:50am, as the train arrived at Chaozhou Station, Zhuang opened the door, and bit the conductor on the arm before fleeing. Zhuang then boarded another train on the opposite platform, but was arrested by officers of the

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Wandan mud volcano erupts again on Pingtung County farmland

A mud volcano in Pingtung County erupted yesterday, July 8, in a field adjacent to the site of the last eruption last year. Fortunately for the affected farmer, the field had already been harvested, but the Wandan Township government urgently dispatched an excavator to divert mud away from neighboring cropland. Mud spewed out to a height of over one meter during yesterday’s eruption. Farmers expressed the hope that the government would set up a system of subsidies for farmers affected

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Woman murders 75-year-old married boyfriend

A 65-year-old woman was charged with murder in Pingtung County yesterday, after the body of a 75-year-old man was found by a riverside in Gaoshu Township, June 4. Police received a report at around 4:00am June 4, after members of the public doing their early-morning exercise found a man laying on the riverside path with no signs of breathing or heartbeat. Investigators found the man dressed only in a shirt and underwear, with no documents, and no nearby vehicle despite

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Rural Pingtung County townships hit by tornado

A tornado formed over land in Pingtung County this afternoon, causing damage in at least two rural townships Fortunately no serious injuries were reported. At around 3:00pm the tornado suddenly formed and swept through Linbian Township and Nanzhou Township, knocking over trees, scooters, trucks, and store signs, as residents ran for cover. Roofing iron was torn off buildings, and in one case, a sheet-metal residence was picked up and tossed onto the road. Flying debris damaged power lines in the

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