Woman suspected of falling into 200-meter-deep ravine found safe 4km away

A search for a scooter rider suspected to have fallen into a 200-meter-deep valley after a crash on the Taipei-Yilan Highway last night ended when the woman was found in Hsintien District today, September 4.

Search and rescue personnel began a search for the 44-year-old woman, named Liao, after a scooter was found crashed against a guardrail at the 15.7 kilometer mark of the highway shortly after midnight. Firefighters found the woman’s slippers scattered on the road, a helmet in grass beside the road, and the woman’s handbag containing ID around five meters down the slope.

Search and rescue members rappelled down the slope and searched until around 4:45 am then called off the search due to bad weather. The search was resumed at around 8:00 am, but no signs of Ms Liao could be found.

At around 11:30 am police received a call from a guard at a residential community on Zhulin Road in Hsintien District, around 4 kilometers away from the crash site. The guard told police that a disheveled and disoriented woman had wandered into the community and asked for help.

Fire Bureau paramedics attended to the woman and found that she had suffered abrasions to her arms and legs, but appeared to be not seriously injured. Ms Liao was sent to Gengxin Hospital for further treatment and observation.

Ms Liao told police that after falling down the slope she had moved down to the valley bottom, then walked for 6 or 7 hours until she found help.

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