An investigation has been launched into the accident in which at least 54 people died as a result of the derailment of the train in the Hualien district in eastern Taiwan.
The prosecutor's office demanded the arrest of the construction chief in charge of the crane, which was parked on the hill near the railway line when the train was about to enter the tunnel and slipped onto the rails for an unknown reason. The site chief is accused of not fully maintaining the braking system of the crane that caused the accident.
Authorities questioned the owner of the crane, which was parked on the hill near the rails when the train was about to enter the tunnel and slid onto the rails for an unidentified reason.
In a statement made by the Taiwan Railways Administration, it was stated that the repair work at the accident site may cause delays of 15-20 minutes on some trips.
The deadliest train crash of the last 70 years in Taiwan
The accident killed at least 54 people and injured more than 150 when a Taroko Express train operated by the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) derailed in the Hualien area. At the time of the accident, the train was carrying 488 passengers. The eight-wagon train derailed in a tunnel north of Hualien City, allegedly when a construction truck crashed down a slope and hit the train.
This accident is the largest since a 1948 train fire in Taiwan.