after this A devastating train accident in Taiwan With at least 50 deaths, the alleged perpetrator apologized in tears. In a trembling voice, Lee Li-hsiang read an emotional statement to several media representatives in which he emphasized his “deep remorse.” He will cooperate with the police and the Public Prosecution Office and take on the necessary “responsibility”.
And in a train accident near the port city of Hualien, east Taiwan, at least 50 people were killed on Friday and about 200 others were injured. According to authorities, the accident was apparently caused by Lee’s construction vehicle, which slipped over a bridge and fell onto the tracks as the train was about to enter the tunnel. Investigators are currently investigating whether Lee did not properly use the handbrake on the car or whether it was a mechanical problem that caused the brakes to malfunction.
Lee was interrogated by investigators over the weekend. The 49-year-old was released on bail.
Minister of Transport offers to resign
According to survivors, the train driver made a sound just before the accident. However, according to this, he did not apply the brakes before hitting the construction site vehicle – perhaps because there was not enough time left. According to a report by the United Daily News published on Sunday, analysis of the video recordings showed that the construction vehicle was on the tracks before the train entered the tunnel without braking.
Train wrecks – the worst in Taiwan in decades – caused great grief across the island. The youngest victim of a train derailment was only four years old. Critics complained about the lack of protective bars around the bars at the scene. Transportation Minister Lin Xia Long offered to resign. This the government refused to accept Taipei but who. She added that Lin should remain in office until the end of the investigation.