The truck which was involved in the fatal Taiwanese express train crash last week, killing 50 people, slid onto the tracks only around one minute before the accident happened, the government said on Tuesday, 6 April, as it released dramatic footage of the impact.
The packed train carrying almost 500 passengers and crew slammed into a truck near the eastern city of Hualien on Friday, causing it to derail and the front and middle parts to crumple. It was the island’s worst rail accident in seven decades.
The truck had slid down a sloping road from a building site onto the tracks just outside a tunnel. Officials suspect the truck’s brakes were not properly applied and are investigating the manager of the site.
Young Hong-tsu, chairman of Taiwan’s Transportation Safety Board, said they had reconstructed how the truck had ended up on the rails, tracking its movements down the dirt road before it slipped off a bank and landed on the railway line, its front end facing the oncoming train.
Young said the driver had no time to properly slow the train and avoid the accident as he had only seconds to react, the truck being on a bend and not visible until it was too late.
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