Flatbed truck plows into 8 vehicles; 3 dead

The China Post staff

A flatbed truck yesterday crashed into a school bus and then seven other vehicles, before it plowed into the wall of a veterans’ nursing home and overturned in Changhua County, central Taiwan, leaving three dead and 20 others injured. The deceased are the 22-year-old flatbed truck driver Liao Hung-mo, as well as another truck driver, Wu Hsien-mo, and Wu’s colleague in the vehicle, Chang Chih-chiang, 40. The accident occurred on Chungnan Road in Tienchung, Changhua County, at around 705 a.m., when Liao lost control of his truck, which was ferrying some 70 tons of steel frames. The flatbed, going at high speed, collided head-on with a bus from Da Teh vocational school, which was heading for the school. The truck then plowed into the seven other vehicles, before it crashed into the wall of the veterans’ nursing home. It bounced back from the wall and then overturned before it stopped on the two other deceased’s truck, one of the seven vehicles. The accident immediately led to major traffic congestion in the area, as the nine damaged vehicles, as well as the steel frames fallen from the flatbed, blocked Chungnan Road. Dozens of police officers and firemen arrived at the scene soon after the accident occurred, only to discover Liao, Wu and Chang had been killed.

Officers and firemen pulled the three bodies out of the two wrecked trucks, while others rushed the 20 injured to two nearby hospitals. The 20 were students in the school bus and the pedestrians on the street. Six of them who might have suffered from concussion were hospitalized, while fourteen were later discharged from the hospitals as they suffered from bruises only. Police officers at the scene said they did not know what had caused the accident. It was the second flatbed truck accident this month. On July 20, a south bound passenger train collided with a flatbed truck at a railway crossing in Yingko, Taipei County, leaving 17 people injured. The accident paralyzed railway transportation between Taipei and the northwestern city of Taoyuan for some six hours.