Heroic driver receives posthumous recognition


TAIPEI, Taiwan — The family of a Taiwanese driver who died trying to save the lives of 20 passengers in the Suhua highway tragedy last month accepted a medal and NT$2.1 million in donations yesterday in recognition of his courage.

“Tsai Chih-ming has taught Taiwan’s society a very inspiring lesson through his spirit of selflessness,” said Minister of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) Mao Chi-kuo at the ceremony.

Tsai’s wife, who held their youngest child throughout the ceremony, said she appreciated the goodwill shown by the public.

In late October, Tsai and Tian Yuan, leader of a Chinese tour group, created an escape passage for the Chinese tourists who were traveling on the bus that was buried by rockslides on a coastal highway during heavy rains.

However, Tsai and Tian did not manage to escape as giant rocks hit the tour bus soon after the passengers had been safely evacuated.

The two were among the 38 people who died in October as a result of Typhoon Megi and other weather systems that brought heavy rains to Taiwan.