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6 injured after taxi smashes SUV onto New Taipei sidewalk

Taxi driver failed to wait for left turn signal, crashed into SUV

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(New Taipei City Fire Department photo)

(New Taipei City Fire Department photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Six people suffered injuries after a taxi collided with an SUV and caused it to careen onto a sidewalk in New Taipei City on Sunday (July 3).

At 10 p.m., a taxi driven by a 47-year-old man surnamed Chang (張) was driving down Sanmin Road in New Taipei City's Luzhou District, when it suddenly made a left turn on Minzu Road and sideswiped a white SUV driven by a 40-year-old man surnamed Chen (陳), whose vehicle then swerved right onto a nearby sidewalk, reported UDN.

The SUV first struck a 40-year-old man surnamed Lo, who was waiting on his scooter to make a turn at the intersection. The vehicle then plowed forward onto the sidewalk in front of a 7-Eleven convenience store before coming to a halt when it smashed into a pillar.

6 injured after taxi smashes SUV onto New Taipei sidewalk
Scene of accident. (New Taipei City Fire Department photo)

In the process, passersby surnamed Hsu (許), Lin (林), and Chen (陳) were injured, while 10 parked vehicles were also damaged.

The three injured pedestrians were immediately rushed to nearby hospitals. The SUV driver surnamed Chen complained of an injury to his palm, Lo reported experiencing shoulder pain, and Chang said that he had chest pains.

6 injured after taxi smashes SUV onto New Taipei sidewalk
Taxi involved in accident. (New Taipei City Fire Department photo)

All six were eventually taken to hospitals in the area, but none of their injuries were deemed to be life-threatening.

According to a preliminary investigation, Chang failed to wait for a left turn signal before turning onto Minzu Road. Police said that neither driver had been operating their vehicles under the influence of alcohol.