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The Kaohsiung “Circular Line” — a branch of the KMRT metro system that’s currently in ‘mini operation mode’ — witnessed its first accident today.

At 10:41 a.m. on Saturday, a 74-year-old gentleman surnamed Zheng … rode his bicycle directly into the oncoming path of the tram.

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Video of the hit is available here:

http://m.appledaily.com.tw/realtimenews/article/new/20160917/950521

The man was thrown to the ground by the train — better known as the “Kaohiosung Light Rail” — but as the tram was only travelling 30 kilometers per hour at the time, the collision luckily was not fatal.

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Old Mr. Zheng was treated and appears to be in good condition.

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The Circular Line (環狀輕軌) is a 22.1-kilometer circular light-rail tram line currently under construction in Kaohsiung — with a short section already in operation.

The south part of this LRT line makes use of the defunct Taiwan Railway “Harbor Line” railroad.

Estimated to cost NT$16.5 billion on completion, it will be the world’s first light rail vehicle system with no overhead line – or catenary.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Circular_Line_(KMRT)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Overhead_line

Hopefully, KHH residents will become more accustomed to sharing the road with these light-rail trains by the time the line becomes fully operational in roughly 2019.

 

(*Photos via Apple Daily)

 

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