Taiwan’s worst train accident in seven decades occurred when an express train hit a truck and fell under a bank on the side of the track.
Taiwanese prosecutors have demanded the arrest warrant of a construction site manager who believes a truck crash has killed at least 51 people.
Taiwan’s worst train accident in seven decades, this accident happened, an express train collided with a truck, which fell down a dam on the side of the track from a construction site.
The construction site manager suspects that the brakes failed to engage properly.
When the train derailed in a tunnel just north of Hualien, it was carrying about 500 people from Taipei, the capital of Taiwan, to Taitong on the east coast.
Yu Sisu-duan, head of the Hualien Prosecutor’s Office, told reporters late Friday night that an arrest warrant had been sought and was now being processed by the court system.
“To preserve relevant evidence, we have several groups of prosecutors at the scene and are looking for the necessary locations,” he said.
As workers began to remove the rear of the train on Saturday, it was relatively damaged due to a stop coming out of the tunnel, outside the tunnel, away from the crash site.
More damaged parts of the train are still mangled inside the tunnel.
On Saturday, President Tsai Ing-wen will visit the survivors in Hualien, his office said.
The government has also announced to hoist the flag in the hands of half-workers for three days to express grief.
The accident happened at the beginning of the long holiday weekend and the train was full of tourists and people returning home.
The last major train transaction in Taiwan was in 2018 and 18 people died on the same eastern line.
The accident was the worst on the island since 1991, when 30 people were killed and 112 injured when two trains collided in Miaoli.
Other major crashes that left dozens dead occurred in 1981, 1978 and 1961.
Taiwan’s deadliest train crash on record was in 1948 when a train caught fire and killed four people.