Sat, Sep 17, 2005 - Page 3 News List

Taiwan Quick Take


■ Transportation
No-car event to hit traffic

Due to the "Cycling Taipei" event this morning, traffic controls will be imposed in parts of Taipei City and County, the Taipei City Traffic Department said on Thursday. Taipei Mayor Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) and acting Taipei County Commissioner Lin Hsi-yao (林錫耀) will ride bicycles and meet at the border between the city and county on the Huajiang Bridge. The route also includes Renai Road, Aiguo W Road, Nanning Road and Heping W Road. Officials said that bus lanes on Renai Road, Zhongshan S Road, Aiguo W Road, Heping W Road and Nanning Road will be closed between 7am and 10:30am. The north side of Huajiang Bridge will be closed, as well as Taipei County's riverside expressway toward Banciao.

■ Military

Probe results released

The Ministry of National Defense yesterday announced the results of an investigation into three recent mishaps at army depots. In relation to Army Captain Sun Chi-hsiang (孫吉祥), who died from severe internal bleeding after being run over by an armored vehicle, the ministry said the vehicle's accelerator was out of order and that the vehicle had been suspended from use. Sun, however, still ordered a soldier who was not qualified to operate the vehicle to drive it, resulting in the fatality. In a separate incident in which three soldiers were killed in an explosion at a weapons factory in Kaohsiung County, the ministry said the staff at the factory did not follow regulations and the director of the factory attempted to cover this up after the explosion. The ministry said a third incident in which explosions rocked an ammunition depot on Matsu was not caused by human error. However, 10 military personal are to be disciplined for poor supervision.

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