Individual Chinese tourist dies in scooter accident

The China Post news staff

The China Post news staff–A Chinese man who visited Taiwan on solo tour was killed in a traffic accident in eastern Hualien county Wednesday, according to media reports yesterday. The 28-year-old man surnamed Lee from Shanghai was hit by a scooter when he was crossing the street near the Hualien train station around 9:00 p.m. Tuesday. He was immediately sent to a nearby hospital for emergency treatment following the incident, but he was still pronounced dead a day later.

Hualien police are currently conducting an investigation of incident to determine its cause. It was reportedly raining and Lee was wearing a dark jacket when the incident occurred, which could be the reason for the tragedy, reports said. Lee was reportedly the first mainland tourist to be killed in a traffic accident in Taiwan since the country opened its doors to individual travelers from the other side of the Taiwan Strait on June 2011. According to reports in Shanghai, Lee, born in 1983, arrived Taiwan on Monday for solo trip. The trip was arranged by CITS Group Corporation’s Shanghai office. The CITS Shanghai said it has reported the case to Shanghai Municipal Tourism Administration. It has also contacted Lee’s family and will assist them to apply for tourism documents in order to fly to Taiwan to deal with the aftermath of the tragedy. Taiwan’s Straits Exchange Foundation, a semi-official organization set up by local government to handle technical or business matters with China, and China’s Association for Tourism Exchange across the Taiwan Straits, both also promised that they will offer help to Lee’s family. Lee reportedly bought himself travel accident insurance before embarking his Taiwan tour.