Multiple car accidents mar first day of 2015

Multiple car accidents mar first day of 2015

TAIPEI, Taiwan - Amid celebrations for the arrival of 2015, not everything was festive for some over the New Year holiday; several car accidents were reported in the early hours yesterday after New Year's celebrations, leaving several people dead and injured.

A vehicle in Hsinchu County, suspected to have been driving at excessive speeds, crashed into a utility pole, leaving two dead and three injured.

According to Hsinchu County's Fire Bureau, after rescuers arrived on the scene, a 20-year-old man, surnamed Pung, was found dead in the passenger seat, while the driver, surname Chen, was declared dead on the way to the hospital.

Medical staff stated that the other three passengers were not in life-threatening conditions.

The police also said that they will carry out further investigations to discover the cause of this accident.

As more than 10,000 vehicles travelled to Kenting to celebrate the New Year on one of the most popular beaches in Taiwan, 21 car accidents were reported around the area yesterday, leaving one dead and 25 injured.

The authorities said this is the highest number of New Year's Day accidents on record.

In addition, there were also nine car accidents reported around Alishan as well as one accident reported in a mountainous area in Miaoli County.

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