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1 person is dead and 3 are injured after a truck driver, distracted by a dropped phone, smashed into traffic

TAIPEI, Taiwan — A freeway pileup killed one person and injured three others Thursday, after a truck driver reportedly trying to pick up his phone failed to slow down for stopped traffic.

The accident took place around 7:30 a.m. when the 65-year-old delivery truck driver, heading along National Freeway No. 1 from Keelung to Guanyin, dropped his phone onto the vehicle's floor, local media said.

He leaned over to pick it up, taking his eyes off the road and not seeing that traffic had snarled to a halt in front of him.

The truck smashed into the back of a sedan, sending it crashing into two more cars.

A 53-year-old driver of one of the sandwiched cars died at the scene. Two people from the other cars as well as the truck driver sustained minor injuries.

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