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1 killed, 6 injured in 2 car accidents in rainy southern Taiwan

1 killed, 6 injured in 2 car accidents in rainy southern Taiwan

Taipei, May 24 (CNA) A woman in the back seat of a car was killed Sunday after the car, driven by her husband, was hit by a falling rock amid torrential rain near a bridge leading to the mountainous Alishan area in Chiayi County, southern Taiwan. The couple are teachers at Fengshan Elementary School in the mountainous area of Chiayi. After spending their weekend at their home in Chungpu Township, they were driving back to the school with their daughter who was also in the back seat but was unharmed in the accident, according to local police. The teacher showed no signs of life when her husband drove her to Fengshan to seek emergency treatment. The falling rock was reportedly triggered by torrential rain amid the current plum rain front. As of 9 p.m. Sunday, Alishan has received 215 mm of rain over the past 24 hours, while Fengshan got 140 mm, according to the Central Weather Bureau. Also on Sunday, a sport utility vehicle rammed into a tour bus after losing control on a slippery road due to rain in Fangshan, Pingtung County and was careening toward and then hit a car on its right side, causing injuries to three men and three women. All six were hospitalized. Among the six injured, the tour bus driver and one female passenger were still in hospital, while the other four suffering from minor bruise injuries have been discharged. Amid torrential downpour, Kaosiung's Taoyuan District (???) on Sunday announced that schools and businesses will be closed on Monday, and that 139 local residents have been evacuated to 4 emergency shelters. Taoyuan District in the past 24 hours has been hit with more than 230 mm of rain, causing floods that have washed away riverside paths and falling rocks that have cut off traffic on Provincial Highway No. 21. Meanwhile, the Taiwan Area National Freeway Bureau denied reports that said highway traffic have been disrupted by flooding, but acknowledged that water levels were rising in culverts under highways and freeways running through Yunlin's Huwei Township. The bureau urged motorists to take heed of traffic control measures taken in flood-stricken areas and avoid hazardous spots. (By Chiang Chun-liang, Chen Wei-ting, Ted Chen and Evelyn Kao)


Updated : 2021-09-28 01:43 GMT+08:00