Premier rejects resignation of transportation minister

Taipei, Oct. 23 (CNA)-Premier Lai Ching-te (賴清德) has rejected the resignation of Transportation Minister Wu Hong-mo (吳宏謀) in the wake of a deadly train derailment in northeastern Taiwan on Oct. 21, he said Tuesday.

Lai said there are post-disaster efforts that require Wu’s supervision, and he will also be responsible for follow-up reviews of the practices of the state-run Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA).

The derailment of Puyuma express No. 6432, which took place in Yilan County, left 18 dead and 190 injured.

An initial investigation into the accident has focused on possible negligence by the driver, who turned off the automatic train protection system that could have prevented the train from entering a curve at an excessively high speed and derailing.