Gas explosion injures 1, destroys shop in Taichung City

A braised foods vendor was injured when a gas explosion destroyed her store in Taichung City’s North District this morning, January 2. The 43-year-old woman, named Ni, was preparing to open her store on Meiting Street when the explosion occurred at around 8:00 am. According to a preliminary investigation, an improperly closed gas cylinder caused an accumulation of gas in the store. When Ni lit a stove, the gas was ignited. Ni was knocked over as windows shattered on the

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Explosion at key defense aerospace company kills 1, injures 6

An explosion and fire at one of Taiwan’s key defense prime aerospace facilities left one person dead and six injured today, Wednesday, December 29. At 10:12 am, an explosion at the Aerospace Industrial Development Corporation facility shook buildings in the surrounding Xitun District, in Taichung City. According to reports, a dust explosion occurred due to an accumulation of aluminium alloy dust in a dust collection area. Taichung City Fire Department dispatched units from Zhonggang, Shuinan, Xitun, Liming and other fire

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Taichung’s dancing man spotted posing, smoking atop store sign

A man dubbed “Taichung Dancing Brother” in Taiwan’s Chinese language media, was spotted striking poses, and smoking while standing on a convenience store sign today, Friday, December 10. Taichung City Police Department dispatched three officers from Lide Station after receiving a report, but the 28-year-old man, named Zheng, had already left by the time the officers arrived. Zheng has become a fixture, not only in Taichung City streets, but in the national press in recent months, as he is regularly

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Toddler survives fall from 32nd-floor apartment

A three-year-old girl fell from the 32nd floor of a high-rise residential building in Taichung City, Wednesday, December 8, and survived after landing in a safety net on the second floor. According to reports in United Daily News, the toddler fell from her family’s residence on Zhongxing Road in South District shortly after 1:00 pm. The Taichung City Fire Department received a report of the incident at 1:19 pm and dispatched one fire truck, one ambulance, and 6 personnel to

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Vehicular gymnastics: car flips over and makes perfect landing in Taichung City

A driver walked away from a traffic accident with minor bruises after her car rolled over 360 degrees, and landed on its wheels, after a collision at an intersection in Taichung City, Tuesday, December 7. Police received a report of a traffic accident at the intersection of Wulang Street and Guihe Street in Taichung’s West District at 10:45 am. The police report said that an SUV driven by a 46-year-old woman named Wang hit an SUV driven by a 46-year-old

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Police officer on duty dies in traffic accident in Taichung City

A police officer riding a scooter while on duty in Taichung City, died after running into a car that crossed double white lines, yesterday, December 1. The 39-year-old officer, named Han, was passing a gas station on Huanzhong Road in Xitun District at around 4:00 pm when a 25-year-old woman, named Chiang, drove straight from a left-turn only lane, and crossed double white lines to get to the gas station. Han appears to have been unable to stop in time,

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Worker dies after being sucked into water pipe: one of at least 3 fatal workplace accidents today

A man working on a pipeline project in Taichung City lost his life after he was sucked through a hole he had just made in a water pipe Monday, November 30. The 50-year-old man, named Zeng, was working on a Taiwan Water Corporation pipeline replacement project in Tanzi District when the accident occurred at around 11:30 am. The incident was recorded on video from someone standing above the trench. The video footage showed Zeng atop the steel pipe using a

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11 students sent to hospital after pepper spray mistaken for perfume

Twelve students at a high school in Taichung City were affected, and 11 sought medical treatment, after one student picked up a can of aerosol pepper spray and sprayed it in the air, thinking it was a perfume or body deodorant. According to reports, shortly before noon on Friday (November 26), two male students at Sanguang Junior High School started playing with a can of “body protection” spray a female student had left in the classroom. Mistaking the product as

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Man bitten by Thai cobra in central Taiwan: several times more venomous than native species

Doctors who have been treating a man bitten by a snake in a mountain district of Taichung City earlier this month have concluded that the man was bitten by a Thai cobra, raising concerns of a dangerous invasive species gaining a foothold in the country. The 64-year-old man, named Zhou was hiking on the Dakeng No.9 trail shortly before dawn on November 2 when he was bitten on the ankle by a cobra. Zhou turned back to seek medical attention,

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Adventure guide dangles from cliff for 6 hours before rescue

A guide leading a group on a river tracing expedition was left dangling for 6 hours after having a problem with his equipment while scaling a waterfall cliff in a mountain district of Taichung City, yesterday, Sunday, November 14. The guide was leading a group of 15 people in the Qizhongtian Stream in Heping District when he became stuck due to “equipment failure” while 25 meters above ground level. The Taichung City Fire Bureau received a request for help at

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Teen bashed into life-threatening condition after bumping into Maserati

An 18-year-old man remains in a coma after being beaten almost to death by three men following a minor traffic accident in Taichung City three days ago. According to reports, on November 7, a first-year university student, named Song, driving a white Volkswagen with 4 passengers on their way home after a church meeting, sideswiped a Maserati sports car while changing lanes on Taiwan Avenue in Xitun District at around 12:40 am. After pulling over, three men alighted from the

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