Taiwan train jumps tracks in early hours

China | 13 May 2021 1:52 pm

A Taiwan Railways Administration  train derailed between Taipei and Songshan stations early Thursday, causing chaos for 19,470 passengers, CNA reports.

The incident took place at 3:40 a.m. when the TRA tried to take advantage of the early hours to tow local train No. 9283 away from Songshan to fix a malfunction. The train derailed as it was being towed away.

The EMU600 model was back on track at around 5 a.m., but derailed again at 5:38 a.m., forcing other trains to travel both ways on the remaining track during the rush hour.

The situation was finally cleared at 10:47 a.m., causing a total delay of 2,063 minutes affecting 49 trains as of 10 a.m., the TRA said.

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