Deadly accident on Taiwan highway leaves driver dismembered

28 year old man killed after his body struck a highway guardrail early Sunday morning


(CNA photo)

TAIPE (Taiwan News) – Early Sunday morning, a horrific accident occurred on a national highway near Taichung’s Nantun District, involving a single car resulting in the driver’s death upon impact.

A 28 year old man, surnamed Shi (石), was reportedly driving at high speeds on Highway No. 74 around 4:30 a.m. and crashed his car into the guardrail on the side of the road. In the crash, Shi’s body was thrown through the driver’s side window and his right arm was dismembered.

The right arm of the victim was found some meters from the vehicle, shocking first responders. Officers said the driver suffered extreme head trauma in the accident, and that there was no need to dispatch an ambulance.

Shi reportedly worked as a vendor at a Taichung night market and was returning home from a night at work, according to Liberty Times.

UDN reports that there were no cameras recording the area near the on-ramp where the crash occurred. Without witnesses, authorities can only speculate exactly what happened.

It is suspected Shi, who was not wearing a seatbelt, lost control of his vehicle traveling at very high speeds. Since he was pronounced dead when officers arrived, no medical professionals took a blood sample, so it is unknown if the driver had been drinking before the accident.