#AceNewsReport – May.04: In addition to the deaths, at least 70 people were injured in the wreck on the metro’s Line 12, the mayor said.Media stand at a police barricade barring access to the scene of the train crash:
The train collapsed down toward the road, trapping at least one car under rubble, according to authorities and firefighters and rescue personnel work to recover victims from a subway car that fell after a section of Line 12 of the subway collapsed according to AP
Taiwan: Dozens killed as train crashes and derails in tunnel: ‘The eight-carriage train reportedly hit a construction vehicle that had slipped onto the tracks at the tunnel’s mouth as rescuers combed badly damaged carriages inside the tunnel to find survivors, some of whom smashed windows to flee’
2 hours ago: Watch: Rescue efforts continue as up to 200 people remain trapped after the train derailment
Reuters Pictures showed people in less affected carriages walking along train tracks with their belongings
The train, from the capital Taipei to Taitung, was carrying people travelling for a long-weekend annual holiday.
Many people may have been standing because the train was so full.
The 408 train is one of the fastest deployed on a network that is generally considered safe. It can reach speeds of 130km/h (80mph).
Friday’s crash is Taiwan’s worst rail disaster in decades. President Tsai Ing-wen has sent her condolences to the families of the victims and ordered an investigation.
Reuters said some passengers exited on to the roof to escape
The latest reports from the National Fire Agency say 494 people were on the train, with 50 dead and 66 injured and taken to hospital.
‘Sudden violent jolt’
The crash took place at about 09:00 local time (01:00 GMT).
Some people at the back of the train were able to walk away unscathed, while 100 were rescued from the first four carriages. Many of the dead, injured and trapped were in four crumpled carriages inside the tunnel.
“It felt like there was a sudden violent jolt and I found myself falling to the floor,” one female survivor told Taiwan’s UDN. “We broke the window to climb to the roof of the train to get out.”
Another rescued woman said: “My whole body fell to the floor. I hit my head and it started bleeding.”
A 50-year-old survivor told Apple Daily she saw many people trapped under their seats and when she walked out of her carriage she saw bodies everywhere.
Local media reports say the train driver is among the dead.
Images show a large, yellow flatbed truck lying at the side of the tracks. A construction project has been under way near the north end of the tunnel.
It is not known how the vehicle slipped down the embankment.
Survivors on stretchers
Other pictures showed people walking along the tracks with their belongings as they were evacuated from less badly affected carriages.
Other survivors were being carried away on stretchers with their necks in braces.
EPAThis image appears to show the yellow flat-bed truck at the side of the tracks
Taiwan Premier Su Tseng-chang visited the crash site on Friday afternoon.
UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said on Twitter: “I offer my sincere condolences to all those affected by this morning’s rail accident in Taiwan.”
Enough focus on safety?
Analysis by BBC’s Cindy Sui in Taiwan
Taiwan has an impressive transportation network, including more than 1,000km of railway tracks. The trains transport more than 200 million passengers each year.
Accidents are rare, but this latest derailment – if it was indeed caused by a construction vehicle parked on a nearby slope sliding onto the tracks – would add to a number of recent incidents that have been blamed on negligence and/or human error.
a number of deadly fires inside factories that have housed unsafe dormitories for workers
a bridge collapse in 2019 caused by lack of maintenance, which killed four migrant fishermen in a boat
a chemical explosion in 2014 caused by neglect of underground pipelines – 32 people died
This latest accident once again raises questions about whether Taiwan is placing enough importance on safety and preventing accidents.
Many of those on the train are believed to have been travelling to celebrate the Tomb Sweeping festival – a time when people pay their respects to the dead by visiting the graves of family members, sprucing them up and making offerings to their spirits.
The island’s worst crash in recent history was in 1991, when 30 passengers were killed and 112 injured after two trains collided.
#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – July 16 – Two suspects who may be responsible for the Moscow metro crash on July 15 have been detained, spokesman for the Russian Investigative Committee (IC) Vladimir Markin told ITAR-TASS.
“Investigators of the main IC investigation department today detained two persons suspected of transport safety rules violation (article 263.1, part 3 of the Russian Criminal Code).
English: Escalator at the Park Pobedy station of Moscow Metro (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
According to investigators, since late May 2014, preparatory work was launched on the stretch between the Park Pobedy and Slavyansky Bulvar stations for installing the rail switch mechanism to putting a new rail section into operation.
“A number of contractors and sub-contractors were involved in these operations. Bashkatov and Gordov were directly involved in this work and were controlling its performance.
The work was improperly performed: the rail switch mechanism was fixed by a simple 3-mm wire that broke.
This caused the electric train derailment, the death of 22 people and injuries of varying severity to more than 150 passengers,” he said.
According to Markin, the suspects have already been interrogated.
“The investigation plans to bring charges against them and select the measure of restraint,” he said.
#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – July 16 – Moscow Metro derailment victims mourned as People are bringing flowers and candles to Moscow Metro’s Slavyansky Bulvar and Park Pobedy (Victory Park) stations as the Russian capital mourns the 22 victims of the train derailment, which happened between those stations during the rush hour on Tuesday morning(RT).
Of the 180 people injured in the fatal incident, 129 remain in hospitals, according to an emergency services tally.
The affected line of the station remains closed as the repair of the damaged tunnel is under-way.
The cause of the derailment, which left three cars badly damaged, has not been established yet, but the investigation ruled out a terrorist attack.
A vacuum truck was brought in to suck up the spill, with tanker trucks nearby to transfer the oil.
State and local emergency officials determined that one car of the 100-car train was leaking after the 8 a.m. derailment near LaSalle, about 45 miles north of Denver.
The cause of the derailment was under investigation, said Micki Trost, a spokeswoman for the Colorado Division of Emergency Management. Crews had contained the spill to a ditch away from any waterways, Trost said.
The amount of oil spilled wasn’t immediately known, but a vacuum truck was brought in to suck up the spill. Tanker trucks lined up nearby to transfer the oil.
According to The Greeley Tribune (http://tinyurl.com/m96ows9 ), the train was loaded in nearby Windsor with Niobrara crude and was bound for New York. Niobrara oil comes from the Niobrara shale formation in Colorado, Wyoming and Kansas. It’s not considered as volatile as Bakken crude from North Dakota and eastern Montana.