Girl Orphaned After 3 Family Members Drown Saving Her

Chiayi County: Three people drowned at a popular scenic spot in Chiayi County’s Meishan Township, after a 14 year-old girl fell into deep water. The girl’s 16 year-old sister dived in to save her, and was followed by the girls’ mother and father. The parents and older sister drowned, while the younger girl was the only one to survive. When paramedics arrived at the scene, the 3 victims showed no vital signs. The Wu (吳) family had traveled from their

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Ambulance Smashes into Police Car: 1 Dead, 5 Injured

Photo: United Daily News One person died, and four were injured, when an ambulance traveling at high speed hit a police car, turned over, and ended up in a ditch. The accident occurred at 14:45 Xu Jia Township, Chiayi County. Both vehicles were traveling in the same direction when police spotted a motorcyclist riding without a helmet. Video from the ambulance’ dash-cam shows the police car indicating a left turn. The ambulance, was about to overtake the police car at

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31 Injured in Coach Crash

[Picture: United Daily News] Chiayi County: A coach carrying 40 passengers slammed into the back of another coach in a tunnel on National Highway 3, resulting in 31 injured, 8:00am, October 6, 2016. The rear-ended coach was not carrying any passengers at the time. The injured passengers were part of a group of temple volunteers from Taichung on an outing to visit a recreation area in Chiayi County. The most seriously injured was a 61 year-old man who had to

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15 Injured in Highway Pile-up

[picture: United Daily News] More than 10 ambulances were dispatched to the scene of an accident in Chiayi County after a coach plowed into cars on the National Highway at around 11:30am, Saturday, October 5. Cars were backed up due to reduced lanes for road work. A witness who saw the accident through his rear-vision mirror said the bus driver appeared not to have applied the brakes at all. Mr Wu said it was like seeing a bowling ball hitting

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Military Drone Missing in Chiayi County

An unmanned aerial vehicle belonging to an Army Special Air tactical reconnaissance battalion went missing, around Jhuci Township in Chiayi County, yesterday, October 27. Operators lost contact with the vehicle during a routine training mission at around 4:00pm, while it was flying over mountainous terrain. The army have called off further operations of the drones, while they search for the missing aircraft. The UAV is a “Sharp Kite” class surveillance drone, developed in Taiwan at National Chungshan Institute of Science

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Low Water Levels Reveal Old Well: Maybe from Dutch Era Formosa

Receding water levels at a reservoir in Chiayi County have revealed a well that has been submerged since the reservoir was reconstructed during the Japanese colonial period. The Lantan Reservoir was originally constructed by the Dutch when they occupied Formosa 1624 to 1662. After the Dutch left, the reservoir fell into disrepair. A Hakka immigrant surnamed Wu bought the land where the well is located, but during the Japanese colonial period, the land was resumed, and the reservoir reconstructed to

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