Taiwan train driver apologizes at memorial service

By On October 31, 2018

Taiwan train driver apologizes at memorial service

Taiwan train driver apologizes at memorial service Taiwan train driver apologizes at memorial service

The driver of a high-speed train that derailed in Taiwan and left 18 passengers dead has apologized to their families at a joint memorial service.

The Puyuma Express jumped the tracks in the northeastern county of Yilan on October 21st. More than 200 people were injured in the accident.

On Wednesday, a memorial service was held for 16 of the victims in their home county of Taitung.

As participants were burning incense for the deceased, the train driver entered the funeral hall, knelt down in front of the altar and offered an apology.

The driver was questioned by investigators after the accid ent and later released.
He was discharged on Monday from the hospital where he had been receiving treatment.

A woman who lost 8 family members, including her parents, told the driver she is glad he survived to explain what happened. She wished him a speedy recovery and urged him to cooperate with the investigation. The driver wept as he promised to do so.

Taiwan's railway authorities are blaming the driver for exceeding the speed limit.

But Taiwanese media have cast doubt on the authorities' management of railways. They point out that trains of the same type as the derailed Puyuma Express are not equipped with remote-controlled safety devices.

A task force commissioned by Taiwan's Cabinet is looking into the cause of the accident.

Source: Google News Taiwan | Netizen 24 Taiwan

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