8-year-old girl dies in blazing truck loaded with fireworks

Focus Taiwan
Date: 12/06/2020
By: Yang Sz-ruei and Elizabeth Hsu

Photo courtesy of a bystander

Photo courtesy of a bystander[/caption] Tainan, Dec. 6 (CNA) A pickup truck carrying a firecracker firing machine and firecrackers burst into flames during a religious procession in Tainan, southern Taiwan on Saturday, with police retrieving the body of an eight-year-old girl from the vehicle after firefighters extinguished the blaze.

Tainan City firefighters received a report about a vehicle on fire in Baihe District at 11:27 a.m. Upon arrival, the fire was put out in eight minutes before the badly burned body of a child was found in the canvas-covered section of the pickup.

The deceased was identified as an eight-year-old girl surnamed Cheng (鄭), who was sitting with her father, uncle and two other adults in the back of the truck when the fire started, according to the police and firefighters.

The four adults, as well as the driver and a passenger inside the vehicle jumped out when the blaze started, without making sure the girl was with them, the police said.    [FULL  STORY]

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