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Chinese tourist hit dead by rock in Taroko National Park

Chinese tourist hit dead by rock in Taroko National Park

A Chinese tourist hit in the head by a falling rock in Taroko National Park was pronounced dead at nine p.m. last night after an emergency rescue, according to the Hualien City-based Tzu-chi Buddhist General Hospital.

The female tourist, identified as Wang Jie at the age of 28 from Liaoning Province, was rushed to the hospital earlier yesterday after sightseeing in the park in the eastern Taiwan county of Hualien.

Wang first had no vital signs on the way to the hospital, but was later revived and had a weak pulse, hospital personnel said yesterday afternoon. She sustained a 15-centimeter gash to the head and severe internal injuries, but could not be operated on because her brain stem was injured. After three-hour rescue, however, she was pronounced dead due to severe injuries, said the hospital.

Hualien County Magistrate Fu Kun-chi had ordered an investigation into what happened.

Recent rains and earthquakes may have loosened some of the rocks on the park’s cliffs, Taroko National Park Headquarters Deputy Director Chang Teng-wen said yesterday, according to the Central News Agency.

A preliminary probe found that Wang was hit by a rock that broke away from the mountain due to natural forces rather than being thrown by monkeys as some people at the scene had said.

In April 2009 two members of a tour group from Fujian Province, China were hit injured by a falling rock from the mountain in the same place.

Updated : 2021-05-14 22:08 GMT+08:00