TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A Japanese cyclist last night succumbed to his injuries sustained during a rockfall which took place as he was riding through Taroko National Park on Saturday (Sept. 9), according to officials at Hualen Tzuchi Hospital, reported UDN.
The cyclist, who was identified as Shirai Hiroyuki, 35, had entered Taiwan on a sightseeing visa from is home in Shizuoka Prefecture in Japan, according to Apple Daily. He had entered the Taroko National Park on Saturday and just as he was nearing the Tunnel of Nine Turns (九曲洞) on a stretch of the Central Cross-Island Highway (174 km), he was struck by falling rocks.
One of the rocks struck him on the head and he suffered a partial loss of consciousness before being sent to the hospital. After undergoing emergency surgery at the hospital, he went into a severe coma. Because his brain stem had been injured in the accident, his condition continued to worsen.
His father, brother, and fiancee were all by his side when he died.
A woman and her daughter who were riding a scooter also sustained minor injuries from the rockfall.