Taichung, 11/22 A sports utility vehicle (SUV) crashed into the railing of a highway before overturning early Sunday morning in an accident that killed 4 people on board while the other two were injured , according to the highway police.
The SUV, driven by a 43-year-old Taiwanese man surnamed Wang (driven), had just entered National Highway 1 from Highway 4 at Shengang Interchange and was heading south at around 2:00 a.m. then encountered Highway Police said in a statement.
All six people on board were thrown out of the car, Wang and three passengers, one Taiwanese surnamed Yeh (葉), and Vietnamese surnames Vo (武) and Le (黎), showed no sign of significant life when rescuers arrived at the scene.
They were later declared dead by local hospitals.
Two other passengers, a Vietnamese and a Taiwanese surnamed Nguyen (阮) and Lin (林), were seriously and relatively mildly injured and are being treated, police said.
According to preliminary results from the highway police, Wang, the owner of a factory, was driving five of his employees home after a company barbecue event.
The police suspect that none of them were wearing seat belts at the time of the accident and the SUV, which could accommodate up to 5 people, was overloaded.
Initial tests showed that three out of six people had high blood alcohol levels, but Wang’s blood sample was damaged and it is not clear whether Wang was drunk at the time of the accident, police said.
Additional tests are needed to determine if Wang was driving under the influence of alcohol and that was the cause of the fatal accident, police said.