Date
20 September 2017
Yangde Boulevard is a notorious traffic black spot in Taipei. At least 11 were killed there in 381 accidents in three years until 2016. Photo:Google Map
Yangde Boulevard is a notorious traffic black spot in Taipei. At least 11 were killed there in 381 accidents in three years until 2016. Photo:Google Map

Four killed, nine injured in 23 vehicle pile-up in Taipei

Four people were killed and nine were injured after a runaway cement mixer crashed into 22 cars and motorcyles in suburban Taipei.

Police said the truck driver, who was among the dead, lost control of the vehicle due to brake failure on Yangde Boulevard at about 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Apple Daily Taiwan reports.

Aside from the vehicles, at least 10 houses along the road leading to the Yangmingshan National Park were also damaged.

Witnesses said the truck driver sounded his horn multiple times to warn other motorists and pedestrians as his vehicle sped downhill.

Police officers who arrived at the scene had to block the road where many victims were trapped in vehicles.

Aside from the truck driver, also killed were a private car driver, a teaching assistant at the Chinese Culture University and a student of the same niversity. Three of the injured were seriously hurt.

Police said the truck might have violated traffic control regulations as vehicles weighing more than 6.5 tons are prohibited from using the boulevard on weekdays between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m.

Investigators said a companion of the truck driver was caught by a surveillance camera opening the truck door and jumping out of the vehicle before the accident.

When questioned by police, the man said he did not know what happened as he was sleeping when the accident occurred.

Yangde Boulevard is a notorious traffic black spot in Taipei, having seen a total of 381 car accidents in three years until 2016, which led to 11 deaths and 377 injuries.

A Hong Kong tourist was killed in an accident on section two of the boulevard in 2009.

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