A construction site manager, who slipped onto a railroad track and led to the worst train wreck in Taiwan in decades, expressed “deep regret.”
Lee Yi-hsiang, 49, said she “deeply regrets” and wants to make “the most sincere apology.”
His flatbed lorry was parked on the embankment but slipped off. Derail the train Near Hualien City on Friday.
At least 50 people were killed and more than 200 were injured in the crash.
According to investigators, CCTV footage from the front car only takes 6.9 seconds for the train driver to respond, the train is only 250 meters (820 feet) away from the lorry, and the driver stops and collides. Showed that there is not enough time or distance to avoid it.
The probe is currently investigating whether Lee was unable to set the emergency brakes or if his vehicle had a mechanical failure.
He was asked by a prosecutor over the weekend Released on bailHowever, on Sunday, Taiwanese media reported that he was detained for being considered at risk of flight and previously convicted.
Lee read a statement to the press outside the house and worked with the crash investigators, saying “I have the responsibility to take.” He was then taken away by the police.
He was part of a team that regularly inspected landslides and other risks on eastern trains in the mountainous regions of Taiwan. He was also considered a flatbed operator.
In a tunnel north of Hualien, an 8-car train crashed into a flatbed from the capital Taipei to Taitung.
The train was full of people traveling to celebrate a long weekend vacation, and the train was so full that many of the nearly 500 passengers could have stood.
Some survivors have lost their entire family, and Taiwan has declared a three-day public memorial, according to AFP reports.
Priest Sung Chih-chiang said he had spoken to a female survivor who lost her husband and two children in a crash.
“I couldn’t find my daughter. When I yelled, I found her under the iron plate. I tried to move each one, but my daughter’s voice became quieter and there was no reaction. “He told Reuters.
The crew is still slowly and carefully removing the train wreck from the tunnel. More bodies may be found.
The Taiwan Transport Safety Board chairman told AFP that investigators were examining CCTV footage from train recorders and front vehicles.
“According to the testimony of some passengers, they heard the horn ringing, and it is believed that the train driver found an object on the truck,” Hong Young said.
He added that the train driver among the killed people would have had a hard time avoiding the crash.
There were many questions about how full the train was and why there were no barricades in that section of the track.
This led to Taiwan’s Minister of Transport, Lin Chia-lung, offering to resign on Sunday. “I should have accepted all the criticisms of the last few days, but it’s not working well enough,” he wrote on Facebook.
However, the government did not accept his resignation and said he should remain in that position until the investigation was completed.
The incident once again spotlighted Taiwan’s security and questioned whether accident prevention was of great importance.
In 2019, four fishermen were killed on the boat due to the collapse of the bridge due to lack of maintenance. A year ago, 18 people were killed and 187 injured after a passenger train derailed in northeastern Taiwan.