The necessity of the 7th national Freeway resurfaces as a driver died in the deadly serial crash.
Presenter: Yanhai Road in Kaohsiung's Xiaogang District is accident-prone as it is often used by container trucks and trailers. A city councilor says National Freeway 7 should be completed as quickly as possible after a five-car accident occurred.
Rescue personnel arrive at the site of the accident, where there is a five-vehicle pileup awaiting them. The vehicles include a container truck and a semi-trailer, which has pinned a small passenger vehicle between them. The car was severely damaged and the driver died at the scene.
Chiang Shu-fen, Corps Captain, Fire Bureau, Kaohsiung City:“ The fourth vehicle, a small passenger vehicle, was hit by a big truck behind it and the driver was trapped inside.”
This accident occurred on Yanhai Road in Kaohsiung’s Xiaogang District. Container trucks and semi-trailers frequently use the road, as it serves an industrial zone and the port, and accidents often occur. National Freeway 7 was proposed by the government many years ago, but controversies have prevented work from starting. Kaohsiung City Councilor Chen Chih-chung called for work to start as quickly as possible or else the deadly car accident on the 29th won’t be the last.
Chen Chih-chung, Kaohsiung City Councilor (DPP):” Let’s give the large vehicles coming out of the industrial zone and part, whether they are container trucks, pallet trucks, or semi-trailers, their own road with direct access to the freeway.”
There are many people who have different opinions.
Chien Chih-chiang, Head, Anti-Nat’l Freeway 7’s Planned Route Self-Help Assoc.:” It would of course be great if you have separate lanes for large and small vehicles and civilian vehicles. What we’re saying is we don’t oppose National Freeway 7, we oppose the currently planned route. The planned route is not the optimal one.”
A self-help association said it is not against infrastructure, but the National Freeway 7 plan has too many blemishes. If improvements are made, they of course won’t have anything left to say. The city government said it will speed up the process and try to complete the road by 2028.