A truck driver, whose runaway car skidded into a high-speed train track and caused one of Taiwan’s worst rail disasters, apologized with a public apology.
“I feel very sorry and want to express my sincere apologies,” Yi Hsiang said to me, in an intermittent voice due to the deviation from the path that has claimed the lives of at least 50 people. “I will cooperate with the investigation by the police and prosecutors to bear the responsibility that I must bear.”
The 49-year-old is part of a team that checks the East Coast Railroad for landslides and other hazards. His statement comes amid an ongoing investigation into the accident, with authorities saying the train driver likely has less than 10 seconds to respond to the obstacle.
On Friday morning, at least 50 people were killed, including the train driver, and more than 200 were injured The Taroko Express, with 498 people on board, derailed in a tunnel, Just north of Hualien City on the east coast of the island.
Rescue crews are still working on Monday to recover the last body from the wreckage of the plane. The Hualien City Fire Department said the victim was trapped under a 15-ton train wagon. He did not give details of the identity of the passenger.
The ministry said: “The rescue is difficult, and we are currently discussing how to overcome these difficulties, so the time it takes may be delayed.”
Investigators said the train collided with a truck that slipped onto a bridge from a maintenance area above the railway line. They are now seeking to determine if there was a mechanical failure or if the truck driver failed to apply the parking brake. Officials reportedly said it was not clear why there were any maintenance workers at the site on Friday, which is a public holiday.
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After taking witness testimonies, investigators said they believed the train driver saw the truck blocking the track but would have struggled to stop in time.
“It is believed that the train driver only had 10 seconds at most to respond and there was not enough distance for the emergency brakes,” said Hong Yong, chairman of the Taiwan Transportation Safety Board. Local media also reported questions about train congestion and the lack of fences along this section of the railway, which runs through the dramatic mountains and slopes along the east coast.
Transportation Minister Lin Chia Long tendered his resignation on Sunday, but will remain in office for the remaining repercussions, in order to “take responsibility” after the deadliest rail disaster in Taiwan in decades.
The train was heading south at 9.28 am on Friday, when the front wagon collided with the truck, causing the train to skid into the Qingshui Tunnel, derail and crash into the inner walls. Early footage and photos showed a mess of twisted metal inside the tunnel, and rescue workers were struggling to reach the worst affected. Most of the dead were in the front vehicles. Dozens of people were trapped for hours. Those who managed to get out broke windows and climbed along the train deck to escape.
Rescuers and authorities had some difficulty assessing the death toll, which was revised up and down over the weekend as they worked to identify victims. Of the 50 dead, 48 have been identified.
As the rescue and recovery mission continued over the weekend, survivors, families and religious groups gathered to mourn and pray. Rescuers and survivors told stories of devastationA Red Cross worker described the scene as “living hell.”
Reverend Song Chih-chiang told Reuters what the surviving passenger Chung Hui-mi had said. She did not find her daughter. When she screamed, she found her daughter under the steel panels. She made an effort to move those pieces one by one, but her daughter’s voice became much quieter and quieter, and after that there was no response, “he said.
The tragedy has devastated the people of Taiwan. Friday was the first day of the Feast of Tomb Sweeping, a religious holiday during which families gather to attend the graves of ancestors and offer condolences to the dead. Of the 498 people the train was carrying, over 120 were standing in the aisles. Among the victims were four railway employees, children – the youngest of whom was only four years old – and entire families. Among the dead were three foreigners – a French and two Americans. On Monday morning, 39 people were still in hospital, including four in intensive care.
It was reported that the first funerals will begin on Monday. Hana Kacaw lost her husband Siki Takiyo and two adult children, Kacaw and Micing, in the accident, and the family missed an earlier train and was promoted to Taroko Express, The New York Times reported.
The Taiwan government has announced compensation for the families of the victims, and has arranged some waivers from quarantine for family members abroad who wish to return to Taiwan for funerals.