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Japanese tourist dies falling into valley in Taiwan

2019/04/13 13:22:55

Taipei, April 13 (CNA) A Japanese tourist has died after falling 30 meters into a valley when he was driving a motorbike on his way to Wulai, a mountainous district south of New Taipei City, police said early Saturday.

The 68-year-old tourist, surnamed Yamada, fell into the valley while driving a motorbike along Xin-wu road to Wulai late Friday, the police said.

New Taipei City Fire Department dispatched an ambulance and six disaster relief vehicles at 10:31 p.m. Friday to the location of the tourist after receiving a report of the accident.

The tourist was found unconscious with a head injury when lifted up from the valley at 11:15 p.m., the fire department said, adding that he suffered an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest before being sent to the Taipei Tzu Chi Hospital.

He was declared dead at the hospital at 12:19 a.m. Saturday, the police said.

According to the police, the Japan - Taiwan Exchange Association, an agency that represents Japanese interests in Taiwan in the absence of formal diplomatic ties, will notify Yamada's family of his death.

The valley was close to the 12.4-kilometer mark on Highway No. 9A, which starts at its parent route in Xindian District, and ends in Wulai District.

Famous for its hot springs and indigenous tribal culture, Wulai is one of the most popular travel destinations in the city.

(By Sunrise Huang and Chung Yu-chen)