Death of toddler exposes danger of folding tables, importance of parental supervision

The danger posed by a common item of furniture found in almost every Taiwanese household has been put into the spotlight after a 3-year-old boy died clamped in the legs of a folding table in his home in Taichung City, yesterday, May 3. The parents of the toddler, named Chen, were putting their one-year-old to sleep while the 3-year-old boy was playing alone upstairs, according to reports, including Liberty Times. After around 20 minutes, the 57-year-old father went upstairs to

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High school student dead after being hit by bus on pedestrian crossing

A 16-year-old girl died after being hit by a bus on a pedestrian crossing in front of her school in Taichung City this morning, April 30. According to reports, at around 7:50 am, a group of students had started to cross the road at the entrance of Jiayang High School with a green walk signal, when a speeding bus approaching showed no sign of slowing down. Most of the students managed to flee back to safety, but a first-year female

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7-year-old brain-dead after being thrown more than 20 times in judo class

A 7-year-old boy suffered an intracranial hemorrhage and will remain in a vegetative state even if he survives being taken off the life support systems, doctors said, after performing surgery on the boy who was rushed to hospital after losing consciousness during a judo class in Taichung City, Wednesday, April 21. The first grade student of Nanyang Elementary School in Fengyuan District, Taichung City, named Huang, was in his second judo class, after enrolling April 8, when the coach allegedly

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Two dead, one person critical after car hit by cement truck catches fire on West Coast Expressway

A woman and a child died, and a man suffered burns to 50% of his body, after a car was hit by a cement truck and caught fire on the West Coast Expressway in Qingshui District, Taichung City today, March 20. Taichung City Fire Department dispatched personnel to the scene of the accident at the 153 kilometer north mark of the West Coast Expressway (Provincial Highway 61) after receiving reports of the accident at 2:20 pm. The 54-year-old driver survived

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One dead, 6 injured after brawl in Taichung City gym

One man died and six were injured after two groups clashed at a privately-owned gymnasium in Taichung City yesterday evening, February 1. According to reports in United Daily News, a dispute occurred when nine men arrived at the gym armed with air guns and knives at around 6:20 pm. The 14 people already in the gym picked up baseball bats, pool cues, and other weapons to defend themselves. Four of the attackers were injured, including a 24-year-old man named Hsieh, a

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Taichung night club facing charges of public obscenity, now being investigated for animal cruelty to alpaca

A newly-opened nightclub in Taichung City faced two run-ins with the law in the last week after dancers simulated a sex act on stage, on one occasion, and an Alpaca was brought into the club on another. The night club was investigated by police after a dance performance on January 10 saw two female dancers, wearing skin-tight, skin-colored tights, sitting on top of a male dancer and gyrating their hips in a simulated sex act. A member of the audience

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Road repair worker run over by road roller: Driver drunk

A road repair worker in Taichung City died after he was accidentally run over by a road roller driven by a colleague who was over the legal blood alcohol limit, yesterday, December 29. At around 7:00 pm, a 36-year-old man named Ding (丁) was working on a road repair site on Xiang-shang Road in Taichung West District, when he put the vehicle into reverse, accidentally running over his 61-year-old co-worker, named Zou (鄒). Other workers screamed out, alerting Ding to

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Police officer stayed calm while giant hornet chewed into his ear

A police officer remained calm, and endured a Asian giant hornet gnawing into the flesh and cartilage of his ear for five minutes in order to avoid being stung, yesterday, December 5. Zhang Wen-long (張文勇), 51, was on duty at the Dajia River Power Plant at around 9:00 am, when the Asian giant hornet landed on the side of his face. Realizing the danger of being stung in the temple by the venomous insect, Zhang remained calm and avoided swiping

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Six suspects detained after human remains found in barrels

Six people have been detained after an investigation turned up the remains of a 16-year-old girl, and a 54-year-old man, both stuffed into plastic barrels, and hidden in separate locations in Miaoli County, and Taichung City. According to media reports, the two murder victims were killed at different times for reasons unrelated to each other. The female, named Tsai, is believed to have been murdered in 2017, while the male victim, named Huang, was killed in 2019. China Times reported

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Residential gas explosion leaves 4 dead, 1 injured in Taichung City

A family of three died when a gas explosion tore through their three-story residence, and a man in a neighboring house also died in the resulting fire, in the early hours of the morning today, September 19. The Taichung City Fire Bureau responded to emergency reports about an explosion in Longjing District at 4:17 am. Firefighters brought two fires under control by 5:08 am, only to find the charred remains of four people. In the house where the blast occurred,

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Cops stand guard over drunk man asleep on road in Taichung City

Police officers in Taichung City set up traffic cones and stood guard to protect a man who was so drunk he fell asleep on the road at an intersection in South District. Police were called to the scene shortly before 4:30 am, after a man alighted from a taxi, then promptly fell asleep on the road. Police were unable to rouse the man from his sleep, and fire bureau paramedics were not allowed to take the man for medical treatment

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