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Shrine to the 226 Men Killed Creating the Highway

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From a sign:
The former director of the Highway Bureau Lin Ze-bin said this about the dangers faced by workers on the highway and his words are recorded on the Eternal Spring Shrine memorial stone:
"There was a high risk of disaster for the men who built the highway and the chance of escape when an accident happened was minimal. The dead were buried by rocks, fell over cliffs to places where rescue was impossible, they were in vehicles that rolled over until they disintegrated or were killed by flying rocks. The brains and innards of the dead were scattered across mountain ridges and their torsos and limbs fell into deep ravines. The sight of the bloodstained mountains and rivers was so horrific it scared even the birds and the monkeys. We are deeply saddened that these heroic men didn't come back and grieve the loss of the professional technicians......"