Prosecutors in Taiwan have sought an arrest warrant for a construction site manager whose truck allegedly caused a train accident in which about fifty people were killed.
The crash, Taiwan’s worst rail accident in seventy years, occurred after an express train struck a truck that had slid down a bank next to the track from a construction site. The manager of the construction site is suspected of having failed to engage the brake properly.
Filled with some 500 tourists and people headed home, the ill-fated train was on its way from the national capital, Taipei, to Taitung on the east coast, when it derailed in a tunnel just north of Hualien.
Yu Hsiu-duan, head of the Hualien prosecutors office, told reporters late on Friday an arrest warrant had been sought and that was now was being handled by the court system.
On Saturday, workers began moving the back part of the train, which was relatively undamaged having come to a stop outside the tunnel, down the track and away from the site of the accident.
President Tsai Ing-wen is due in Hualien on Saturday to visit survivors. The government has also declared flags should be flown at half mast for three days in a show of mourning.
A Reuters report said Friday’s train mishap took place at the start of a long holiday weekend on the island-nation.