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3 million vehicles hit freeways on the second day of CNY

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The National Freeway Bureau (NFB) yesterday said that estimated traffic flow reached 3 million on the second day of this year's Chinese New Year holidays.

The NFB said that given the excellent weather yesterday, and because the second day of Chinese New Year is the day for married women to return to maternal families, the traffic jam was worse than the days before.

According to the NFB, most freeways around major cities experienced traffic congestion and some freeway sections even had traffic speeds lower than 20 kilometers per hour.

The NFB said that the traffic jams mostly took place on the southbound freeways, and between the morning and 8 p.m. was the time that the highest volume of vehicles took to the freeways.

Accord to the NFB, most of the traffic congestion had dissipated by the afternoon and the only section that had traffic jams in the afternoon was around the Hsuehshan Tunnel on National Highway No. 5.

Chiang Yu-feng of the NFB said that the sections that tended to become congested included the Hsinchu, Taichung and Changhua areas on National Highway No. 1 along with the Hsinchu and Wufeng areas on National Highway No. 3.

Chiang said that drivers who plan on traveling short distances should take local roads while drivers who are scheduled to traverse long distances can consider taking National Highway No. 3.

According to the NFB, there were 740,000 vehicles traveling on freeways from 9 p.m. on Friday to 7 a.m. on Saturday, which was the free-of-charge period for using freeways, and the amount of traffic using freeways on that night was more than twice the annual average.

TRA Chi-chi Line Derailment

One of the most popular train lines, the Chi-chi line, suffered a derailment yesterday, but no passengers were injured, according to the Taiwan Railway Administration (TRA) said.

According to the TRA, the number 2702 train running on the Chi-chi line derailed at 6 a.m. and there were 20 passengers onboard, but no one was injured.

The TRA said that the first compartment of the train was removed to transport all the passengers to the train station, and the entire Chi-chi line was back in full operation at 12:10 p.m.

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