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Taroko Express Crash: Friends, family decry ‘lenient’ derailment charges
Apr 18, 2021
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Survivors and friends and family members of people who died in April 2’s train crash yesterday criticized the indictment of seven people over their alleged involvement in the incident as too lenient.

The Hualien District Prosecutors’ Office on Friday charged seven people over the crash, in which 49 people were killed and more than 200 were injured.

Lee Yi-hsiang (李義祥), the driver of the crane truck that slid down a slope onto the track, causing the crash, was charged with negligence resulting in death.

Lee Chin-fu (李進福), a construction superintendent at United Geotech Inc (聯合大地工程) — a consultancy hired to oversee the progress of a slope stabilization project above the tracks where the crash took place — and Chang Chi Fu-tsai (張齊富財), a labor safety and health inspector at United Geotech, were charged with forgery and negligence resulting in death.

A passenger surnamed Lin (林) who was injured in the crash yesterday said that he was disappointed.

“The prosecution did not go far enough. The train crash killed so many people, and could have been avoided. It is not only Lee, but all the contractors and supervising companies and their officials who did not adhere to safety regulations at the work site. How can they only be charged with negligence resulting in death?” Lin asked.

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Deputy transportation minister named minister in wake of train crash
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Taipei, April 19 (CNA) Wang Kwo-tsai (王國材) will replace Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍) as head of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) after Lin resigned to take responsibility for a deadly train accident earlier this month.

The 62-year-old Wang, who has been the MOTC's deputy political minister since May 2016, was chosen because of his experience and expertise in public transportation, Cabinet spokesperson Lo Ping-cheng (羅秉成) said at a press conference Monday.

Wang also has excellent communication skills and played a pivotal role in resolving a strike of one of Taiwan's major carriers, China Airlines (CAL), in 2019, according to Lo.

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New transportation minister sets TRA reforms as his top priority
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Taipei, April 20 (CNA) Wang Kwo-tsai (王國材), who assumed office as the new head of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) on Tuesday, said his top priority will be to reform the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) to make train travel safer.

Wang, who replaced Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍) after Lin resigned to take responsibility for a deadly train accident earlier this month, said in a handover ceremony that he will push for the integration of different departments within the TRA to make lateral communications easier.

The MOTC is also studying the TRA's financial situation -- the railway has an aggregate deficit of NT$400 billion and high long-term pension liabilities -- and looking for solutions with the Cabinet, Wang said.

He pledged, however, that any reform of the TRA will not compromise the rights of passengers and TRA staff and said a new TRA head will be appointed soon from among the TRA's three deputy heads because of their hands-on experience.

Calls for reform were triggered after a TRA Taroko express train crashed in Hualien County, eastern Taiwan, on April 2, killing 49 people and injuring about 200.

The accident was caused by the negligence of a contractor at a TRA construction site adjacent to the track where the accident occurred, but it also highlighted the lack of TRA supervision of the sub-contracting process and job site.

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Taiwan Railways to cop fines of NT$300,000 in wake of deadly train crash
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Taipei, April 21 (CNA) The Ministry of Labor (MOL) said Wednesday it will impose fines of NT$300,000 (US$10,559) in total on Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) for negligence that led to a deadly train accident in eastern Taiwan earlier this month.

Recent labor inspections found that the TRA failed to properly supervise one of its construction sites near the railway, which resulted in a truck falling onto the tracks shortly before the ill-fated express train approached, according to the ministry.

Citing Articles 26 and 27 of the Occupational Safety and Health Act, the ministry said a business operator is required to inform contractors of potentially hazardous elements in their work environment and take the necessary action to prevent occupational accidents.

The fine for violation of the each of the two articles is NT$150,000, which means the TRA will soon be fined NT$300,000 in total, said Tzou Tzu-lien (鄒子廉), director-general of the MOL's Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

After recent inspections, he said, the MOL has concluded that the TRA was partly responsible for the April 2 train crash in Hualien that killed 49 people and injured at least 200.

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Minister vows to run TRA more like a corporation
Apr 23, 2021
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New Minister of Transportation and Communications Wang Kwo-tsai (王國材) yesterday pledged to run the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) more like a corporation within three years, adding that he would resign if plans to reform the agency fail.

Wang made the remarks at a meeting of the legislature’s Transportation Committee, where the ministry was scheduled to brief lawmakers on the progress of plans to form “travel bubbles” with other countries.

However, committee members focused on Wang’s plans to reform the TRA, which he pledged when he took office on Tuesday.

Wang, previously a deputy minister, was promoted to minister when Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍) stepped down to take responsibility for the April 2 railway derailment that killed 49 people and injured more than 200.

Wang has appointed former Railway Bureau director-general Allen Hu (胡湘麟) as the new deputy transportation minister and promoted former TRA deputy director-general Du Wei (杜微) to head the railway agency.

Officials who are familiar with the agency’s core issues and are capable of addressing them are needed to carry out reform, Wang said.

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Taichung welcomes arrival of mass rapid transit age: Tsai
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Taichung, April 25 (CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Sunday announced that Taichung City has officially entered the mass rapid transit (MRT) age with the central Taiwan city's Green Line beginning full service at noon.

In her address, Tsai said Taichung residents are witnessing history in the making as an MRT system has been a dream of local people for more than 30 years.

The president thanked everyone who contributed to the completion of the Green Line, particularly members of the Taichung Mass Rapid Transit Corporation, as well as three Taichung mayors -- Jason Hu (胡志強), Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍) and incumbent Lu Shiow-yen (盧秀燕).

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New Taiwan Railways chief pledges to improve safety management
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Taipei, April 27 (CNA) New Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) Director-General Tu Wei (杜微) on Tuesday pledged that improving safety management will be the number one reform during his tenure, in an effort to restore passenger confidence in the wake of a deadly train crash that killed 49 people earlier this month.

Speaking during his swearing-in ceremony, Tu said the TRA has provided transportation services to Taiwanese for nearly 100 years but two recent accidents have caused people to seriously question TRA's safety management.

Tu was referring to the April 2 train accident in Hualien in which 49 passengers died and around 200 were injured, as well as an incident on April 24 in which a construction worker violated safety rules by crossing the tracks in Yilan, resulting in him being hit by an approaching train. The worker suffered non life-threatening injuries.

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TRA to become state-run firm: minister
Apr 29, 2021
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The ultimate goal of reforming the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) is to turn the government agency into a state-run corporation, Minister of Transportation and Communication Wang Kwo-tsai (王國材) said yesterday.

Wang made the remarks at a meeting of the legislature’s Transportation Committee in Taipei, where he and new TRA Director-General Du Wei (杜微) briefed lawmakers about the details of reforming the nation’s oldest and largest railway agency, after a Taroko Express train derailed in Hualien on April 2, killing 49 people and injuring more than 200.

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislators Chen Ming-wen (陳明文) and Lin Chun-hsien (林俊憲) asked Wang to elaborate on his pledge of “managing the railway agency like a corporation in three years.”

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Parents of American killed in Hualien train crash to take legal action
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Taipei, May 3 (CNA) The parents of an American national killed in a train accident in Hualien last month on Monday called on the Taiwan Railway Administration (TRA) to take legal responsibility for the tragedy that saw 49 deaths and nearly 200 injuries in order to ensure passenger safety and prevent such tragedies from happening again.

In an open letter read by their lawyer in Taipei, the parents of Senead Short, a 24-year-old English teacher killed in the April 2 incident, said they appreciate the up to NT$30 million (US$1.06 million) compensation promised to the families of victims of the incident.

"However, this should never be considered an appropriate compensation for our daughter's life!" the letter read.

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