Express train derails, affecting more than 16,000 travelers

Taipei-A Tze-chiang limited express train rammed a forklift when running northbound in Changhua County Tuesday, causing its locomotive to derail and suffer severe damage, the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) said.

Although no injuries were reported among the 500 passengers, the train driver and the driver of the forklift, the accident caused delays for 55 trains, affecting as many as 16,730 commuters.

The collision occurred at a railroad crossing near Yongjing Station on the TRA West Coast line at 12:10 p.m. after the forklift got stuck on the railway tracks while trying to pass through, the TRA said in a report on the accident.

Traffic on the railway section between Yongjing and Shetou townships was fully restored by 6:19 p.m.

The TRA said that after their investigation, railway police blamed the forklift driver, surnamed Yu (?), for the collision because he violated the regulation that bans forklifts from running on roads without a permit and from crossing railway lines.

Yu was held by police for questioning on charge of committing offenses against public safety before prosecutors took over the case.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel