Cement Truck Accident in Yangmingshan Leaves 3 Dead

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Photo by Breaking News Community members Weatill Yang/Ben Tsao

A multiple-vehicle accident early this morning along Section 3 Yangde Boulevard in Yangmingshan National Park has caused nine casualties, including three deaths.

The accident began with a cement truck that lost control heading south along the mountain road and collided with six vehicles and even buildings along the road at about 8:15 this morning, Apple Daily reported. The Taipei City Fire Department was immediately dispatched to the scene.

An updated Apple Daily report cites brake failure as the cause of the accident. The updated article also notes that a fourth person has died. In total 13 cars, nine motorbikes, and four homes were involved in the accident.

The nine injured people were sent to nearby hospitals for treatment. Police said that three of the people who sustained serious injuries died en route to the hospital.

Breaking News Community (爆料公社) has more photos of the accident, including damage to nearby homes.

The accident comes two days after a four-car accident along National Freeway No. 1 claimed the life of a Hong Kong woman.

Statistics from National Chiao Tung University indicate that over the last five years, the same 6.4 km stretch of road has seen accidents kill 17 people and injure 610 more. Police said that 70% of the accidents involve drivers between 18 and 25 years old, mostly students commuting to and from the universities.

Traffic fatalities have decreased in Taiwan between 2011 and 2015 from 2,117 deaths to 1,696. However, traffic accident-related injures during the same period increased from 315,201 to 397,058.

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