Mon, Jun 01, 2015 - Page 11 News List

Seconds from disaster
差兩秒 北橫落石險砸女師車

Two large rocks that rolled down the hillside on Monday last week sit in the middle of Provincial Highway No. 7 in Fusing District, Taoyuan.
兩顆巨石於五月二十五日從山坡滾下,掉落在桃園復興區台七線路中央。

Photo: Lee Jung-ping, Liberty Times
照片:自由時報記者李容萍

F ollowing torrential rain that continued for days on end, rocks both large and small have been constantly tumbling onto Provincial Highway No. 7 in Taoyuan’s Fusing District. Early on Monday evening last week, some vehicles came within a hair’s breadth of being hit by falling rocks. While driving along in her car, Huang Chien-chuan, a substitute teacher at Sanguang Elementary School, was only about two seconds away from being struck by a large falling rock weighing several tons. Fortunately Huang had a narrow escape, which she says was purely down to good luck.

One of the two enormous rocks near Luofu Bridge needed two people to reach around it and was about the height of a car.

Huang, a devout Christian who grew up in Fusing District’s Yeheng community, says that when she was younger she saw even bigger rock falls than these. While driving through the area on Monday last week, two gigantic rocks dropped down less than two seconds after her car had gone past, giving her a big fright. “Thanks be to the Lord Jesus,” said Huang.

Unfortunately, a female teacher was only recently struck dead by a falling rock when she braved the rain and drove into the mountains to return to her school. In view of this, Huang posted an image of the scene of the huge fallen rocks on the school’s online forum, so as to remind teachers and students to take extra care when traveling on mountain roads.

(Liberty Times, translated by Edward Jones)

連日大雨,桃園市復興區台七線大小落石不斷,上週一傍晚險些砸中路過的車輛,三光國小代課女老師黃簡娟駕車經過時,只差大約兩秒,險被數公噸的大落石砸中,幸好有驚無險,讓她直呼命大。

靠近羅浮橋的這二顆巨石,重達數公噸,其中一顆需要二人環抱、約一個車身高。

黃簡娟說,她是虔誠基督徒,從小生長在復興區的爺亨部落,小時候看過比這次還大的落石;上週一放學駕車行經該處,車輛經過不到二秒,兩顆巨石就掉下來,當時真的嚇死了,「感謝主耶穌。」

由於嘉義縣阿里山鄉豐山國小才剛發生女老師冒雨上山返校,不幸遭落石砸死的意外,黃簡娟在學校群組貼出大落石落地畫面,提醒師生們最近經過山路要特別注意。

(自由時報記者李容萍)

TODAY’S WORDS
今日單字

1. constantly adv.

不斷 (bu2 duan4)

例: I have to constantly remind my students not to use mobile phones during class.

(我必須不斷地提醒學生上課時不能滑手機。)

2. a hair’s breadth phr.

驚險 (jing1 xian3)

例: Rebecca escaped death by a hair’s breadth during the earthquake.

(瑞貝卡在地震中驚險逃生了)

3. narrow escape phr.

有驚無險 (you3 jing1 wu2 xian3)

例: Tom had a narrow escape when his boat capsized at sea.

(當湯姆的船在大海上傾覆時,他有驚無險地逃脫了。)


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