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Screws on road damage tires of multiple vehicles in Kaohsiung

2018/01/25 23:24:14

Photo courtesy of the police

Taipei, Jan. 25 (CNA) A truck driver surnamed Wu (吳) failed to properly secure the buckets of screws he was transporting on Thursday, causing nearly 1,000 to fall onto the road, damaging the tires of multiple cars and motorcycles, according to the Kaohsiung City Police Department Thursday.

Wu Yen-cheng (吳燕成), chief of Alian Police Station, said after receiving a report, police officers were dispatched to the scene to investigate and collected nearly 1,000 screws.

At least 10 people have lodged complaints and demanded compensation for damaged tires, Wu said.

According to police, the tires of vehicles heading in the direction of Lujhu District were damaged by sharp screws spread across the road.

A total of 17 vehicles were originally identified as potentially being responsible for the incident, but after police investigated Wu confessed to failing to properly secure the load, resulting in the screws scattering over the road as he drove. He apologized and said he was willing to compensate everyone for the damages incurred.

Those whose cars or motorcycles were damaged should provide footage from their dashboard cameras or other recording devices or receipts for fixing tires to the police station, Wu said.

The Kaohsiung City Police Department Traffic Police Corps said under traffic regulations drivers who fail to secure loads can be fined between NT$3,000 (US$103) and NT$9,000.

(By Chen Ja-fo and William Yen)
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