Seven-year-old girl dies in Taiwan forklift truck accident

Prosecutors could charge driver with negligent homicide: reports

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A seven-year-old girl died after falling off a forklift truck in Taichung Saturday.

A seven-year-old girl died after falling off a forklift truck in Taichung Saturday. (By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - A seven-year-old girl died after she fell off a forklift truck in Taichung Saturday.

A woman named Lin (林), 59, had taken her two granddaughters to visit a family friend, Hsu (許), 64, in the central Taiwanese city’s Taiping District, the Liberty Times reported.

The man invited the two girls to sit or stand with his grandson on the forks of the forklift truck while he took them for a ride around the area, reports said.

However, one girl fell off and was seriously injured when the vehicle hit her. She was taken to the closest hospital, which decided to have her transferred by ambulance to a major hospital. Due to excessive loss of blood, doctors were unable to save her and she was pronounced dead at 2:12 p.m., the Central News Agency reported.

A coroner will reportedly perform an autopsy on the child to find the precise cause of death, while Hsu could face several charges, including negligent homicide, driving a forklift truck without the necessary license and on a public road, according to CNA.