Derailed Taiwan train that left 18 dead suffered lack of electrical power

Derailed Taiwan train that left 18 dead suffered lack of electrical power 

Rescuers uses crane to remove the derailed train on the site of accident in Yilan, Taiwan, early Oct. 22, 2018. EPA-EFE/RITCHIE B. TONGO

Taipei, Oct 22 (efe-epa).- Taiwan Railways Administration on Monday said that the train that derailed a day before and left at least 18 dead and 187 injured near Taipei suffered a lack of electrical power, although the cause of the accident is still being investigated.

The driver of Puyuma express had reported problems with the electrical system before the accident, TRA’s Lai Sui-chin said during a press conference as witnesses blamed an automatic train protection system failure and high speed.

Lai said that the driver had reported an unusually low pressure from the air compressor that controls the power supply system several times.

The Puyuma 6432 express, carrying 366 passengers from Shulin to Taitung, derailed at 4.50 pm local time (08.50 GMT) on Sunday and although the death toll lies currently at 18, it may rise due to serious injuries.

TRA’s director-general Lu Chieh-shen said that the organization is also looking into the possibility of the automatic train protection (ATP) system being turned off manually.

The accident took place almost immediately after entering a curve, about 300 meters from the departure station.