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Truck driver remorseful after deadly train crash in Taiwan

Apr 6, 2021, 8:49 AM
Monica Otayza

Monica Otayza

Writer

The driver of the truck involved in the train crash in Taiwan that left 50 dead has apologized for his role in the accident.

The crash site is currently being investigated, and probers are studying whether the crane truck’s brake was not engaged as a result of mechanical failure or human negligence

A DRIVER of a truck involved in the horrific train crash in eastern Taiwan that left 50 people dead is “deeply remorseful” after what happened.

To recall, a crane truck slid down in an incline and fell into a train carrying 498 passengers resulting in the death of 50 people while 202 others were injured.

After what had happened, the truck driver, Lee Yi-hsiang, apologized to those affected by the incident,

saying: “I am deeply remorseful and want to express my most sincere apologies.

“I will cooperate with the investigation by police and prosecutors to take appropriate responsibility,” he added.

Yi-hsiang posted bail on Saturday, but it was revoked, as he could flee, collude with others, or even destroy evidence.

The crash site is currently being investigated, and probers are studying whether the crane truck’s brake was not engaged as a result of mechanical failure or human negligence.

The train was derailed in a tunnel north of Hualien, causing several carriages to hit the tunnel wall. It occurred at the beginning of the long weekend for the nation’s Tomb Sweeping Day.

The crash site is located east of the Taroko National Park, a tourist destination on the island’s east coast.

After what had happened, transportation minister Lin Chia-lung offered to resign while speaking with Taiwan’s premier Su Tseng-chang.

While Chia-lung was commended for showing accountability, the resignation was declined.

The Taiwanese government had laid out $185,500 for the family of each fatality.

Those badly injured will receive compensation of $91,000, while those injured will receive $14,000.

Following the incident, Taiwan’s president, Tsai Ing-wen, assured the public that it would work towards ensuring passenger safety in the future. (MO)

Tags: #Taiwan, #Hualien, #disasters, #traincrash


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