Taiwan’s worst train accident in seven decades, when an express train collided with a truck, knocking it down the bank next to the track.
Taiwan’s prosecutors have demanded the arrest of a construction site manager whose truck is believed to have caused a train crash that killed at least 51 people.
Taiwan’s worst train accident in seven decades, when an express train collided with a truck and fell off a block next to the track from a construction site.
The construction site manager is suspected of failing to properly apply the brake.
The train was carrying about 500 people on its way from the Taiwanese capital Taipei to Taitung on the east coast when it derailed in a tunnel north of Houlian.
Yu Xiu-duan, head of the Julian Lawyers’ Office, told reporters on Friday that an arrest warrant had been sought and that it was now being handled by the court system.
“To protect the relevant evidence, we have several attorneys at the scene and are looking for the necessary locations,” he said.
On Saturday, workers began to move the rear of the train, which came to a halt outside the tunnel and veered off the track and into the crash site.
The most damaged parts of the train are still inside the tunnel.
President Tsai Ing-wen is scheduled to visit survivors in Houlian on Saturday, his office said.
The government has also announced that flags will be flown at half-staff for three days during the mourning ceremony.
The accident happened on a long holiday weekend and the train was packed with tourists and people returning home.
The last major train derailment in Taiwan was in 2018, when 18 people died on the same eastern route.
The accident has killed 30 passengers and injured 112 in two train collisions in Miaoli since 1991.
There have been other major accidents in 1981, 1978 and 1961 that killed dozens.
Taiwan’s worst train disaster In 1948, a train fire killed 64 people.