A truck driver suspected of not wearing a seatbelt suffered a head laceration, but was not seriously injured, when he was thrown out of his vehicle as it rolled over after losing control on a downhill section of road in New Taipei City today, September 19.
Traffic camera footage showed the truck exiting a curve at high speed at the approach to an intersection on Huacheng Road, in Xindian District at around 9:00 am. The driver appears to have attempted to avoid vehicles stopped at a red light, causing his truck to slide sideways in one direction, then the other, before rolling over three times.
The 64-year-old driver, named Ye fell out of the cabin, and was left sitting on the road in the middle of the intersection as the truck bumped into a van before coming to a stop. Other drivers quickly came to Ye’s assistance, setting up traffic cones, directing traffic, and calling 119.
Paramedics rushed Ye to hospital where he was treated for a laceration to his head. Ye’s injuries were described as non-life-threatening.
Ye was breath-tested and found to not be affected by alcohol. While brake failure is suspected to be a factor, the detailed cause of the accident is still under investigation.
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