Taipei, Sept. 4 (CNA) One driver was killed and one injured in a four semi-trailer truck pileup on the Tainan section of National Highway No. 1 early Wednesday, with an initial probe pointing to driver fatigue as the likely cause, according to the National Highway Police Bureau.
The incident occurred at 4:24 a.m. Wednesday when police received a report that four semi-trailer trucks collided in the southbound lane of No. 1 highway at the 304.6 kilometer mark, close to the Madou section in Tainan, the bureau said.
Rescuers later freed a 57-year-old truck driver surnamed Chiang (江) from his vehicle, who was sent to a nearby hospital and found to have relatively minor head injuries, the bureau noted.
It took nearly one hour, using heavy machinery, to retrieve the body of a 36-year-old truck driver surnamed Lo (羅) from the wreckage of his vehicle. He was declared dead at the scene, according to the bureau.
The drivers of the remaining two vehicles were unharmed in the incident, it added.
None of the three surviving truck drivers were driving under the influence of alcohol, according to test results. An initial probe indicates that the fatigue of one of the drivers likely caused the pileup, the bureau said.
Meanwhile, the temporary closure of the highway caused huge traffic tailbacks. The section was reopened at 11:24 a.m., the bureau said.