Over speed­ing named as cause of Tai­wan train de­rail­ment

The Myanmar Times - Weekend - - World -

EX­CES­SIVE speed was the main cause of the de­rail­ment of a train in Tai­wan that killed 18 peo­ple and in­jured scores of oth­ers, in­ves­ti­ga­tors said Tues­day.

A Cabi­net task force found the train en­tered a curve at 140 kph (87 mph), al­most twice the speed limit for the sec­tion, the of­fi­cial Cen­tral News Agency re­porte d.

CNA said the train’s driver has been placed un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion on sus­pi­cion of neg­li­gence, in­clud­ing al­legedly dis­abling the au­to­matic train pro­tec­tion sys­tem that would have caused it to brake.

Pos­si­ble me­chan­i­cal prob­lems with the train were also be­ing ex­am­ined.

The 6-year-old Ja­panese-built Puyuma trains were built to travel at 150 kph (93 mph) to ease trans­porta­tion on rugged parts of the moun­tain­ous is­land’s east coast.

They are de­signed to tilt when go­ing around curves, mak­ing jour­neys quicker and eas­ing pres­sure on the road sys­tem cross­ing Tai­wan’s cen­tral moun­tain range.

The train had been car­ry­ing more than 360 pas­sen­gers with about 180 listed as in­jured Tues­day.

Sun­day’s ac­ci­dent was Tai­wan’s dead­li­est rail­way dis­as­ter since a 1991 train wreck killed 30 peo­ple.

– AP

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