Published: October 23, 2018 9:55:50 am
A pace control system was not functioning when a train in Taiwan crashed, killing 18 individuals and injuring 187 within the island’s worst rail catastrophe in a long time, a prime investigator mentioned on Tuesday.
It was not clear whether or not the system, known as computerized train safety, had switched off by itself or had been manually disabled before the accident on Sunday, the top of a government-led investigation staff, Wu Ze-cheng, informed Reuters.
“If the train was above the speed limit, the system should automatically slow it down. It seems like the system had failed. Why? We need more investigation,” Wu mentioned.
The train got here off the rails on a curve whereas transferring at near 87 miles per hour (140 kmh), above the pace restrict of 46 mph (74 kmh), Wu mentioned. More investigation was wanted to find out the trigger, he added.
The driver of the train, You Zhen-zhong, 48, was granted bail of T$500,000 ($16,167) on Tuesday after being detained for investigation, the Taiwan Railways Administration mentioned. You had been handled in hospital following the accident in Yilan county, within the island’s mountainous northeast.
The train knowledge recorder, which tracks pace, amongst different issues, had been despatched to prosecutors to be examined.
The catastrophe was Taiwan’s deadliest rail accident since a 1981 collision that killed 30 individuals.
The head of the state railway administration, Lu Jie-shen, had supplied to resign however that was not accepted by the transport minister, the railway authority mentioned.
Premier William Lai apologized for the accident on behalf of the federal government. “People expected the railway to be the safest,” Lai informed parliament.
“I apologize to the people on behalf of the Executive Yuan,” he mentioned, referring to the island’s cupboard.
Train derailments will not be unusual on the island, which has tough, mountainous terrain, however deadly accidents are uncommon.