Out of control gravel truck leaves wake of destruction: 2 dead, 4 injured

The driver of a gravel truck and one other person died after the truck veered into oncoming traffic before crashing into an abandoned factory building in Taoyuan City this morning. According to reports, the driver, a 48-year-old man named Shi, lost control of the truck on Zhongzheng East Road near the Dayuan Interchange at 6:44 am. Traffic monitor footage shows the truck suddenly veering over a traffic island into oncoming traffic lanes, and hitting two cars before crashing into a

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Pervy toilet signs controversy breaks out in Taoyuan City

The Taoyuan City Government will have public restroom signage in a Hakka culture park in the city redesigned after public criticism that the symbols were degrading to women, and in poor taste. The signs at the Lunping Cultural Landscape Park in Guanyin District depict a male peeping over a wall at a female, and a male lifting a female’s skirt. The unusual and pervy symbols are used to guide users to the public restrooms. The signs have “been around for

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Convenience store clerk stabbed to death after asking customer to wear mask

A convenience store clerk in Taoyuan City died after being stabbed in the chest by a customer he had asked to put on a mask this morning, November 21. According to reports, a 41-year-old man named Chiang entered a 7-11 store on Guangfeng Road in Guishan District at around 5:00 am. The 30-year-old clerk, named Tsai, requested that Chiang put on a facemask according to epidemic prevention regulations. Chiang, who lives upstairs in the same building as the convenience store,

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Parcel bursts into flames, destroys mail in Taoyuan City post office

More than 100 parcels were destroyed after a package suddenly caught fire while being sorted at a post office in Taoyuan City this morning. According to Taoyuan City Fire Department, mail workers were sorting mail at the Xinwu District Post Office when a package suddenly began emitting smoke at 7:56 am. Post office personnel attempted to extinguish the fire with a fire extinguisher, but the flames quickly spread to other packages. The fire department dispatched 5 vehicles and 32 personnel

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Parking violations lead to explosive charges

Taoyuan City police on a routine patrol discovered a cache of handmade grenades in a car driven by a man who had parked illegally, this morning, November 3, and it was one of two similar, but unrelated cases in the city today. According to police who spoke at a media briefing today, officers noticed an illegally parked car on Nanfeng Street, Taoyuan District at around 1:00 am. Police approached the 21-year-old driver, named Chen, with the intention of issuing a

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ATM cash stolen in armed robbery at Taoyuan City convenience store

An armed robber fired a shot into the ceiling of a 7-11 convenience store in Taoyuan City this morning, before pointing the gun at security guards replenishing the ATM machine, and demanding the cash. According to Taoyuan City Police Department, a man armed with a pistol entered the convenience store on Zhongshan Road in Xinwu District at around 10:00 am this morning, Monday, October 25. After firing the warning shot, and threatening the security guards, the man escaped with a

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15-year-old student suddenly collapses and dies during PE class

A 15-year-old female student in Taoyuan City died, October 15, after collapsing during a PE class. Liberty Times and United Daily News reported October 18, that a 15-year-old special education student had felt unwell after jogging and walking during a physical education class Friday morning. At 9:10 am, the girl sat down in a stairwell to rest. After around 30 minutes, the girl was found collapsed and without vital signs. The school nurse was immediately notified, and performed CPR, including

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Sand and gravel factory spill kills passing motorist

A taxi driver died after a pile of soil collapsed and burst through the sheet metal walls of a sand and gravel factory onto a road in Guishan District, Taoyuan City this morning, October 12. Taoyuan City police said that the incident happened around 4:30 am on East Wanshou Road. The soil spill completely blocked one side of the road. A 56-year-old taxi driver, named Dai(戴), who passing by at the time was buried alive in the soil collapse. Taoyuan

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Suspect in murder, sexual assault was on parole, wearing electronic monitoring device at the time

A suspect arrested in relation to the murder and suspected sexual assault of a 29-year-old Vietnamese woman in Taoyuan City was on parole for a similar crime, and was wearing an electronic monitoring device at the time, police said today, August 6. The 50-year-old man, named Wang, was arrested Monday, August 2, during an investigation following the discovery of the woman’s body in a coastal windbreak near the estuary of Houhu Creek in Xinwu District, Taoyuan City, July 31. See

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Vietnamese woman’s body found in Taoyuan City: Man arrested on suspicion of murder, sexual assault

Police have arrested a 50-year-old Taiwanese man suspected of having killed a Vietnamese woman whose body was found in Taoyuan City, July 31. Police began a homicide investigation after the body of a female was found by a fisherman among trees near the shoreline in Xinwu District, Taoyuan City, Saturday. A severe head wound and the blood-splattered site where the body was found pointed to an obvious case of homicide. The victim’s disheveled clothing and unbuttoned pants also suggested the

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Little girl safe after climbing out of 7th-floor window while grandma not paying attention

A 7-year-old girl was seen climbing out the window of a 7th-floor apartment and walking along a narrow ledge of a residential building in Guishan District, Taoyuan City, Friday. The Taoyuan City Fire Department received reports about a little girl of a ledge of the building at 11:53 am, May 21, according to a Liberty Times report. The fire department dispatched 10 personnel to the scene, but fortunately, by the time firefighters arrived, the girl had already been taken back

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