Taiwan prosecutors seek arrest after deadly train crash

India condoles loss of lives in Taiwan rail accident

As fix work takes place on the track from where the train derailed, trains will run on a parallel track, with a delay of 15-20 minutes.

At 9.28 a.m. (local time), the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) No. 408 Taroko train en route from Shulin, New Taipei, to Taitung, suddenly derailed as it entered the Daqingshui tunnel, reports Taiwan News.

Prosecutors in Hualien were seeking an arrest warrant for a construction site manager believed to have failed to engage the vehicle's brake properly, state-run Central News Agency reported on Saturday.

In the island's worst rail accident in seven decades, 50 people have been confirmed dead after a packed express train carrying nearly 500 passengers and crew slammed into a truck near the eastern city of Hualien on Friday, causing it to derail and the front part to crumple.

At least 50 people were killed and more than 200 were injured in Friday's crash, which sent a packed eight-car train hurtling into the sides of a narrow tunnel near the eastern coastal city of Hualien.

Rescue workers remove a part of the derailed train. News. However, the court ruled that while the truck's fall into the train's path could possibly be caused by negligence, there was "no possibility of conspiracy" involving the manager in relation to the accident.

"The court said there was no reason to keep him in custody", she told reporters.

His lawyer told reporters that Lee wanted to face up to what had happened and was apologetic and expressed regret.

Lin Jinn-tsun, head of the Justice Ministry's Prosecutorial Affairs Department, said they had lodged an appeal against the decision to release Lee on bond.

After dozens of people lost their lives in what can be called one of the deadliest train accidents in the last decade, China extended condolences to the families of the victims.

A government-issued casualty list obtained by Yahoo!

Meanwhile, recovery teams have begun removing the rear carriages of the train which were relatively unscathed.

"We will continue to do everything we can to ensure their safety in the wake of this heartbreaking incident", he added.

As a mark of respect for the victims of the crash, flags in Taiwan will fly at half-mast for three days, starting Saturday.

President Tsai Ing-wen visited hospitals in Hualien to speak to family members and survivors, thanking ordinary people and non-government groups for efforts to help.

Friday morning's crash took place at the start of the Tomb Sweeping Festival, a four-day public holiday when many Taiwanese return to villages to tidy the graves of their ancestors.

Taiwan has no domestic travel curbs as the COVID-19 pandemic is well under control, with only 43 active cases in hospitals.



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