Taiwanese driver cheats death as boulder suddenly falls from a cliff onto a motorway
Monday 26/February/2018 - 08:41 AM
A driver in Taiwan had a near brush with death yesterday after a huge rock suddenly fell some 100 feet from a cliff onto a major motorway، Daily Mail reported.
Terrifying dashcam footage provided by the driver shows how the boulder plunged down and landed inches from his car without warning.
The driver، who wished to be known by his surname Tsai، said when was viewing the footage after his journey، he was shocked to see how he had dodged death by just one second. Mr Tsai، 38، said he was driving on the Hualian Motorway yesterday afternoon when the rock fell. He had gone to Hualian city to see friends during the Lunar New Year. He was on his way back to his home in Taipei.
Mr Tsai was driving his new £19،000 car، a Taiwan-made Luxgen، which he bought three months ago.
Mr Tsai told MailOnline he had been driving quite slowly as he had wanted to enjoy the scenery along the way.
'When I was about to enter a tunnel a dump truck suddenly cut in front of me، and I let it pass،' the driver said.
'I saw some loose rock falling from the truck، so I slowed down.
'But shortly after I left the tunnel، the boulder fell.'
Mr Tsai uploaded his footage onto Facebook account '17newsgo' yesterday، and it has since been widely shared.
After Mr Tsai reached home، he was wondering how he had avoided the boulder، so he watched the dashcam footage.
'If I had driven faster by one second، I could have been dead،' he said.
The viral video has caught the attention of the Directorate General of Highways، Taiwan's motorway authority.
One spokesperson told Apple Daily they had identify the location of the incident and had sent officers over for an emergency investigation.
The same spokesperson said officers found out the boulder had fallen from around 30 metres high (98 feet).
It's thought that the cliff along the motorway could have be loosened by rain as well as the earthquake earlier this month. On February 6، a magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck the Hualian area killing 17 people.
The Directorate General of Highways said they would monitor the section of the motorway today and send more officers over tomorrow for further investigation.