Partial service resumes in area of Puyuma train accident

The TRA said the cause of the Puyuma train accident was being investigated and that all of its Puyuma trains will be checked.

Taipei, Oct. 22 (CNA)-Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) said Monday that it has resumed limited service on the section of railway in Yilan where a deadly train accident occurred the previous day.

The train wreckage has been cleared from the northbound line and two-way train services restarted 5 a.m. Monday, the TRA said. However, the trains will be traveling at a reduced speed of about 40 kilometers per hour in the area near Xinma Station in Yilan, where the accident occurred, the TRA said, adding that its Puyuma express trains usually travel at an average speed of 135 kilometers per hour.

As of 8:30 a.m., the death toll from the derailment was 18 and the number of injured passengers was 187, with 10 in critical condition, according to the TRA.

On Sunday, Puyuma express train No. 6432 from Taipei to Taitung, carrying 366 passengers, derailed in Yilan County in northeast Taiwan at 4:50 p.m. The TRA said the cause of the accident was being investigated and that all of its Puyuma trains will be checked.

As of midnight Sunday, some 19,650 passengers were affected by the disruption of services due to the accident, the TRA said, adding that it had arranged to provide 278 shuttle bus services between Luodong and Dong’ao stations in Yilan to help ease the situation.