Hongkonger on holiday in Taipei dies in four-vehicle pile-up

Her husband was also injured after the taxi they were travelling in was hit by a container truck

PUBLISHED : Monday, 17 July, 2017, 4:33pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 18 July, 2017, 12:32am

A Hong Kong tourist died in a four-vehicle pile-up in Taipei on Monday, just hours after arriving in Taiwan with her husband, according to Taiwan’s official news agency.

The Hong Kong couple, who had arrived at Taoyuan International Airport in Taipei on Monday morning, were taking the taxi from the airport to Xinyi Road at the time of the incident, the Central News Agency reported.

Her 36-year-old husband, who was in the same taxi as her, and a lorry driver were also injured in the crash that happened on an expressway known as Sun Yat-sen Freeway, at about 10.15am.

The accident also involved a container truck, a lorry and a mini-truck with the agency saying that the taxi was hit by the container truck. The left side of the cab suffered extensive damage.

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It reported that the two passengers in the taxi was a couple from Hong Kong. It is understood they were in Taiwan for a holiday.

“The 36-year-old woman [from Hong Kong] showed no signs of life while being sent to hospital,” it said, adding that she was taken to Taipei Hospital of Ministry of Health and Welfare where she was declared dead.

Her husband, surnamed Leung, was taken to Far Eastern Memorial Hospital in Taipei, while the taxi driver suffered only minor injuries and did not require hospital treatment.

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The driver of the lorry, 45, was trapped and had to be freed by firemen, according to the Taiwanese agency, and he suffered leg fractures and was later taken to Shin Kong Wu Ho-Su Memorial Hospital for treatment.

The pile-up led to serious traffic jams that extended for about 7km, with traffic easing only at 11am when the vehicles were towed away.

Taiwan authorities were investigating the cause of the accident.

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The Hong Kong Immigration Department said it had been in contact with the injured Hong Kong man via the city’s trade and culture office in Taipei and would provide all practical assistance according to his wishes.

Its spokesman said they would continue to maintain close contact with the trade and culture office in Taipei and follow up on the incident

According to the department, Hong Kong residents who are abroad can call its 24-hour hotline (852) 1868 for assistance.