A section chief at the Directorate-General of Highways (DGH) died yesterday while trying to remove debris from a landslide on Highway No. 8, also known as the Central Cross-Island Highway.
The accident occurred at 11:30am, when 51-year-old Chi Chih-hua (齊治華) was leading a construction crew in removing debris from landslide at the 150K section of the highway.
Chi was hit in the chest by a falling rock and fell into the river valley. Construction workers were unable to rescue Chi immediately because rocks kept falling from the slope on the roadside.
Official said Chi started working at the DGH in 1982 and had been transferred to his current position at the Luoshao (洛韶) Engineering Office last year. His father worked in the same office when the Central Cross-Island Highway began operating in 1960 until he retired.
The DGH said in a statement that it was deeply saddened by the loss of a brilliant highway engineer. Since Chi died while he was on duty, the DGH said that his family would receive compensation from the insurance policy for government workers who have high-risk jobs.
According to the DGH, no rain was reported at the 150K section in the past two days. However, another landslide had occurred at the same section on Tuesday before yesterday’s accident.