Driver dies after car crushed in 5-vehicle pileup on Taiwan's Freeway 1

Driver dies after Toyota crushed in 5-vehicle pileup on Taiwan's National Freeway No. 1 in Taichung, Taiwan

(National Highway Police Bureau image)

(National Highway Police Bureau image)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- One driver died and another was injured after a five-vehicle collision on Taiwan's National Freeway No. 1 in Taichung City, on Thursday morning (March 21.

Liberty Times reported the crash took place at 11:02, on the Dingjin section of the freeway. It said a driver failed to pay attention to the slowing vehicle in front and plowed into it.

The domino effect involved five vehicles, one of which was wedged between two large trucks, causing fatal injuries to the occupant. Dashcam footage from a car near the scene of the accident shows the truck colliding into the mass of decelerating cars without hitting the breaks.

In the video, a semi-trailer can be seen barreling down the middle lane before colliding with another large truck, which rolls into the right lane. The semi-trailer careened out of control and smashed into a Toyota sedan, driven by a 39-year-old man surnamed Chen (陳).

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The small, silver car was pinned between the semi-trailer truck and another truck in front of it, which led to a cascade of lesser collisions to vehicles in front of it. The car was crushed to a fraction of its original size and the driver pinned inside.

Chen was trapped for 20 minutes, before paramedics extracted him from the vehicle, according to E-Today. Chen showed no vital signs but was rushed to a hospital, where he succumbed to his wounds.

Meanwhile, the 39-year-old truck driver allegedly at fault for the accident, surnamed Pan, also had to be extracted from his truck. Pan was taken to the hospital for a collapsed lung, but his injuries are not considered life-threatening, reported Apple Daily.

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Some netizens suggested that Pan had been watching his cell phone. Since Pan is still in intensive care, the National Highway Police could not confirm this, though they said, “He was not paying attention to the situation with vehicles in front."

Further investigation will be required to determine why the driver did not notice the massive traffic jam ahead of him.

(National Highway Police Bureau image)