A nine-vehicle collision occurred on the northbound lanes of National Freeway No. 1's Taishan Road section on Oct. 5. It was caused by a man in his 40s who rode a scooter onto the freeway and was hit by an oncoming vehicle.
A man wearing a helmet and holding a lit cigarette in one hand rides a scooter onto National Freeway No. 1. He changes lanes repeatedly. A National Highway Police Bureau patrol car approaches with the siren on and tells him to move to the shoulder. He waves his hand, and begins zigzagging. A small pickup truck then hits him.
The motorist's foot was crushed under the scooter. While our colleague was trying to extract him, a large oncoming vehicle hit the pile. Our colleague jumped to the outside of the protective barrier and suffered abrasions on his hand and foot.
The police placed traffic cones to warn oncoming vehicles. However, a semi-trailer was not able to brake in time and hit the pile. All in all, nine vehicles collided, causing traffic to back up. A truck driver, a semi-trailer driver, and a highway police officer sustained light injuries and were sent to Linkou Chang Gung Memorial Hospital. The motorist was also sent to a hospital and had the severest injuries out of the four.
The primary issues are cerebral hemorrhage and fractures to his facial bones. We have concerns that there are other injuries to his abdomen and we're still examining him.
Two highway police officers heroically dragged the motorist to outside the protective barrier after he was hit, saving his life. A preliminary investigation showed the driver entered the freeway via the Linkou interchange. The driver is conscious and his breathalyzer test result was zero. He remains under observation in an emergency room, and is facing a fine of NT$3,000 to NT$6,000 for illegally driving onto a freeway. His zigzagging and driving with one hand actions are considered dangerous driving, which means he can be fined an additional NT$24,000 at the most.