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President visits passengers injured in train accident

2018/10/22 11:33:14

Taipei, Oct. 22 (CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Monday visited the scores of people who were injured in a deadly train accident the previous day and she extended condolences to the families of the deceased.

Tsai visited four hospitals in Yilan County, where some 187 people are being treated for injuries sustained when a Puyuma express train ran off the rails in Yilan County on Sunday, killing 18 of the 366 passengers on board.

"The whole nation is saddened by the deadly accident that occurred yesterday," Tsai said to reporters after she was briefed by Yilan officials about the accident.

"At this time of sorrow, we will pull it through together," she said, adding that the central government is expecting prosecutors to determine the cause of the accident as soon as possible.

Tsai also said she has asked the Ministry of Transportation and Communication to work quickly to repair the damaged section of rail so that regular train services can resume in three days' time.

However, before regular service resumes, the ministry should mobilize its resources to meet travel demand in eastern Taiwan, she said.

Authorities are still investigating the cause of the accident in which the Puyuma express train from New Taipei to Taitung derailed at 4:50 p.m. Sunday near Xinma Station in Yilan, Taiwan Railway Administration (TRA) said.

At 5 a.m. Monday, limited service was resumed on the section of railway in Yilan where the accident occurred, according to TRA.

(By Shih Hsiu-chuan)