HUALIEN County, Taiwan-Taiwan prosecutors demanded an arrest warrant on Saturday for the owner of a driverless truck that slipped onto a railroad track, causing the country’s worst train disaster in decades, killing 50 people And 178 people were injured.
The Taiwan Railway Administration said that at the beginning of the long weekend of the long holiday on Friday, the train was hit by an engineering vehicle that had slipped on the hillside above the railroad tracks, carrying 494 people.
Before the train entered the tunnel, many passengers were killed. Some survivors were forced to climb out of the windows and walk along the roof of the train until they were safe.
Authorities initially reported 51
According to the Government Disaster Relief Center, the emergency brake of the truck was not properly engaged.
Yu Xiuduan, the chief prosecutor of eastern Hualien County, where the train derailed, said they were seeking an arrest warrant for the truck owner, and the truck owner was also interrogated by several other people. Due to the ongoing investigation, she did not provide details.
Taiwan’s Central News Agency reported that the Hualien District Court allowed the truck owner to bail NT$500,000 (US$17,516) in bail, but he must stay in the county and avoid contact with any witnesses.
Her spokesperson said that President Tsai Ing-wen visited the hospital near the crash site, not the scene, just to avoid interfering with rescue efforts.
Cai said: “This heartbreaking accident caused many casualties. I came to Hualien today to visit the injured and express my condolences to the families of the deceased.” “We will definitely help them in the future.”
Cai told reporters on Friday that she asked the Transportation Safety Committee to conduct a rigorous investigation.
Transport Minister Lin Jialong said that maintenance will be accelerated.
“When this happens, I feel very sorry and I will take full responsibility,” Lin said after visiting the scene.
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The workers removed the last two cars from the track on Saturday morning. However, one-third of the cars cannot move until the track is repaired, while the other five cars are still wedged in the tunnel. In the remote wooded cliff area on the east coast of the island, two large construction cranes can be seen erected next to the train.
Weng Huiping, head of the news group of the Railway Administration, said that this work should be completed within a week. He said that during the maintenance process, all East Coast trains will run on tracks parallel to the damaged train in the accident, causing a delay of 15 to 20 minutes.
The National Fire Service said the dead included the young train driver, the newlywed driver and the assistant driver. The government’s disaster response center said this was the worst railway disaster since a train caught fire in the suburbs of Taipei in 1948, killing 64 people.
Train travel was very popular during the four-day “tomb sweeping” holiday in Taiwan. At that time, families often returned to their hometowns to pay tribute to the graves of the elderly.
Taiwan is a mountainous island. Most of its 24 million people live on the northern and western coastal plains, where most of the island’s farmland, the largest city, and high-tech industries are located.
The densely populated eastern part of the car accident is popular with tourists.