New Taipei: Drunk driver flies over highway barrier, sails 5 stories into concrete wall

Man was alive when pulled from vehicle but died in hospital

Photo taken from Highway 65 in New Taipei City

Photo taken from Highway 65 in New Taipei City (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Early in the morning at 6:57 a.m. on Sunday, March 24, a drunk driver on the elevated No. 65 highway in New Taipei City lost control and launched their vehicle over the steel and concrete barrier.

The car flew through the air about 5 stories and 20 meters, violently crashing into the concrete perimeter of a skate rink in a Riverside Park of New Taipei’s Xinzhaung District.

Surprisingly, the driver was pulled from the mangled wreckage breathing and in one piece, but he ultimately died due to trauma sustained in the crash.

The man was a 36 year old barista, and a resident of Taipei City. After being pulled from the crash, he was rushed to the hospital, but declared dead around 8:00 a.m.

A highway video shared by UDN shows the silver SUV approaching a curve in the road. It speeds between two other vehicles on the highway at a very unsafe speed before striking a low concrete divider, which launched the vehicle into the air and over the highway barrier.

(CNA Photo)

NOTE: This article previously reported incorrect information with regard to the driver's blood alcohol level. Media reports he had a blood alcohol level of 1.2 mg/L.