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Central Taiwan scooter rider caught under car survives thanks to helmet

Woman stuck beneath car suffers only minor injuries after being dragged 5 meters

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Surveillance camera footage shows Liu being thrown off her scooter due to the impact of the collision. (Changhua County Police Bureau Tianzhong Precin...

Surveillance camera footage shows Liu being thrown off her scooter due to the impact of the collision. (Changhua County Police Bureau Tianzhong Precin...

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A Changhua County woman who got into a traffic accident survived being caught beneath a car on Sunday (May 15) thanks to her helmet.

The Liberty Times reported that the accident occurred at an intersection in Tianzhong Township at around 12 a.m. The 35-year-old female scooter driver, surnamed Liu (劉), collided with a car driven by a 58-year-old woman surnamed Chien (簡). Police said yellow and red lights were blinking at the intersection at the time of the incident, and surveillance camera footage showed that neither vehicle had braked when passing through the intersection.

The impact sent Liu flying from her scooter and onto the hood of Chien’s car before she fell to the ground and got stuck under the car. Chien’s car came to a stop only after continuing for another 5 meters.

However, as Liu’s helmet was fastened securely during the accident, it protected her head. Liu remained conscious as pedestrians used a jack to lift the car up enough for Liu to escape.

After the police arrived at the scene, they administered a breath alcohol test on both women, which showed that they were sober. Liu suffered lacerations to her limbs and face, some of which required stitches, per the Liberty Times.