Taipei, Taiwan (Associated Press)-The owner of an engineering vehicle caused the worst railroad accident in Taiwan in decades, killing 48 people. When he was taken away from his home by the police on Sunday, he said in tears apology. According to the government’s disaster relief center, the emergency brake of the driverless truck was not properly engaged.
It is investigating how accurately Li Yixiang’s vehicle slipped from a construction site in the eastern coastal mountainous area of Hualien County onto the railroad tracks on Friday. The truck was hit by a passenger train carrying 494 people, which derailed before entering the tunnel, crushing many passengers in the smashed train carriage.
After rescuers initially said 51
“During the Ching Ming Festival holiday this year, I caused a serious accident on the Taroko 480 train of the Taiwan Railway Administration, causing casualties. I express regret and sincere apologies for this.” The manager, his words were masked. And emotions are obscured. “I will fully cooperate with the authorities’ investigation and assume responsibility.”
Hualien County prosecutors have previously stated that they are seeking an arrest warrant for the owner of the truck, and the latter and several others have been interrogated.
According to Taiwan’s Central News Agency, the Hualien District Court initially allowed Lee’s bail of NT$500,000 (US$17,516), but the decision was overturned on Sunday when the higher court in Hualien revoked the lower court’s decision to grant bail.
Train travel is very popular during the four-day “tomb sweeping” holiday in Taiwan. During this holiday, families often return to their hometowns to pay their respects in the cemetery of the elderly. This is also an opportunity for vacation.
Taiwan is a mountainous island. Most of its 24 million people live on flat land along the northern and western coasts, where most of the island’s farmland, the largest city, and high-tech industries are located. The sparsely populated eastern region where the car accident occurred is a tourist attraction, and the railway is famous for its beautiful natural scenery.