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Taiwanese woman injured after road swallows her car

Waterworks, torrential rain thought to be responsible for sinkhole

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Taichung woman's car swallowed by road in Taichung's Dali District. (Taichung Police photo).

Taichung woman's car swallowed by road in Taichung's Dali District. (Taichung Police photo).

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Following days of torrential rain, a woman driving through Taichung's Dali district on her way to the central part of the city suddenly saw the street collapse but stepped on the brakes too late, causing her car to fall into the hole, reports said Wednesday (Aug. 11).

The driver, a 66-year-old woman surnamed Lin (林), was taken to a hospital with injuries to the chest and left arm, but her life was not in danger, CNA reported.

Wufeng Precinct police diverted traffic after receiving a call at 1:35 p.m. that a car had fallen 1 meter into a hole on a main street in Dali District. City workers came to fill up the sinkhole.

The local borough chief said the accident might have been the result of recent work on the underground water system in the area and days of torrential rain in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Lupit.