Driver killed after NT$3 million Audi crashes into pillar in western Taiwan

Taichung man killed after rented NT$3 million Audi slams into a bridge pier in Taichung, Taiwan

(Photo from Taichung Fire Department)

(Photo from Taichung Fire Department)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- A Taichung man died after his rented Audi worth over NT$3 million (US$97,000) slammed into a bridge pier early this morning in the western Taiwanese city, reported UDN.

Shortly after midnight this morning, Taichung Police received a report of a white Audi having crashed into a bridge pier in Taichung City's Huanzhong District. When they arrived at the scene, they found the driver, a 31-year-old man surnamed Chang (張), unconscious, having suffered serious trauma to his chest, and immediately rushed him to Taichung Tzu Chi Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.

According to an initial police investigation, Chang had rented an Audi 2017 A7 Sportback 40 TFSI sedan, which is estimated to be worth for more than NT$3 million. Last night, he left his home without telling his family where he was going.

It was not until the police informed his family members that they were aware that he had taken the Audi out late at night and had died after the vehicle crashed into a bridge pier.

(Photo from Taichung Fire Department)

After an investigation, the Taichung City Police Department's Fifth Precinct found that Chang had driven his white Audi through Section 1 of Huanzhong Road between Chongde Road and Changping Road in Beitung Ditrict. While driving under the viaduct for Provincial Highway 74, police suspect that Chang was traveling at a dangerously high rate of speed and lost control of the vehicle causing it to slam into the pier at 12:13 a.m., knocking him unconscious.

After other motorists notified the fire department of the accident, an ambulance from the Siping Fire Brigade was quickly dispatched to the scene. Paramedics found that all of the car's airbags had deployed and Chang was pinned inside the vehicle.

Paramedics used hydraulic rescue tools to pry open the car and found that Chang had no vital signs and immediately began CPR. Chang was immediately rushed to Taichung Tzu Chi Hospital, where medical staff tried to resuscitate him, but a hemothorax (collection of blood between chest wall and lung) in his left chest was too extensive and they were unable to save him.

(Photo from Taichung Fire Department)

Medical staff tested his blood for the presence of alcohol, but found none. Police said that he had not been wearing a seatbelt and it was when the vehicle hit the median that they believe his chest collided with the steering wheel.

It was only when the front of the car smashed into the bridge pier that the driver's side airbag deployed, but by then it was too late, and Chang had already suffered lethal injuries.

A brand new Audi 2017 A7 Sportback 40 TFSI sells for approximately NT$3.41 million (US$110,000), while the daily rental fee is about NT$10,000.

The cause of the accident is currently being investigated by police.