Two people injured by falling rocks in Hualien

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Two people injured by falling rocks in Hualien

Taipei, Sept. 9 (CNA) Two people were injured by falling rocks as they were driving along Provincial Highway 8 in Hualien, eastern Taiwan on Saturday, according to the Xincheng Police Precinct.

35-year old Japanese man named Hiroyuki Shirai, who was riding a bicycle, sustained head injuries that were bleeding heavily and had to be rushed to the nearby Hualien Armed Forces General Hospital, police said.

The other person was a Taiwanese woman, who was riding a scooter when she was struck by falling rocks near Hualien's Tunnel of Nine Turns, police said.

The woman sustained minor abrasions to her right shoulder, while her mother, who was riding pillion, was unhurt, police said.

The woman's bruises were treated on site, and she was later taken to Hualien Tzi Chi Hospital for further checks, according to police.

The rock fall occurred around 2:30 p.m. on a section of the highway, which runs through the mountains, police said.

According to the Office of Road and Accessory Maintenance under the Directorate General Highways, the road section was immediately closed and the rocks were cleared by 4 p.m.

(By Lee Shien-feng and Kuan-lin Liu)

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