Scooterist Slits Throat On Crane Sticking Out Into Road

Story ByJohn FengSub EditorJoseph GolderAgencyAsia Wire Report

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This is the moment a scooter rider hits metal cables hanging from a crane arm in front of him and is sent crashing onto the road with his throat slit.

The fatal accident was captured on a passing car’s dashcam which shows the large yellow crane lorry coming out of a side road when the scooter rider surnamed Chiu fails to notice until the last moment.

Chiu, 69, appears to duck under the crane, avoiding the arm, but catches his neck on the hanging wire rope, which hooks him off his scooter and knocks his helmet clean off too in Taiwan’s western Miaoli County.

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The video shows his riderless scooter continuing for more than 100 feet down the road until it crashes, with the sight leaving witnesses in the dashcam car screaming.

Authorities say Chiu was found lifeless at the scene with an 8-centimetre (3.15-inch) long, 2-centimetre (0.8-inch) deep gash on his neck from the wire rope.

He was rushed to hospital where he was confirmed dead, having severed his windpipe during the freak accident.

Crane driver Chiang Jung-hsin, 43, has been detained for questioning.

He said: “I was driving out very slowly and checked for cars the whole time.

“I was nearly fully out when the scooter rider tried to squeeze underneath my crane arm.”

The police said Chiu rode at roughly 50 kph (31 mph) into the wire rope, which measures 0.6 inches thick.

He is survived by a wife, a son and two daughters.

Further investigations are still ongoing.

John Feng

I am a senior journalist and editor, and have worked for a number of different news agencies over the last decade. I am currently editor-in-chief of the Asia Wire Report news wire.

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