Express train in Taitung hits mud pile, no injuries reported

No injuries were reported after an express train rammed into a pile of mud in Taitung County, the Taiwan Railways Administration said Saturday.

The accident took place at 6:39 a.m. when a Tzuchiang express train was traveling between Zhiben (??) and Taimali (???) and ran into a three-meter high and 10-meter-long mudslide that had built up on the tracks following torrential rains in the area.

More than 400 passengers and train crew aboard the train were safe but the train itself suffered damage.

After cleaning up the mudslide, railway traffic returned to normal at 9:25 a.m. A total of nine trains involving around 2,700 passengers suffered delays.

Torrential rains brought by the outer periphery of Tropical Storm Aere also resulted in rock slides at several locations between the 410 and 430-kilometer marks of the South Link Highway in Taitung County, and the road had to be closed temporarily.

The number of red warnings issued for mudslides in Taitung County, however, was reduced to 65 in the afternoon from 82 in the morning.

Cheng Ming-dean (???), director of the Central Weather Bureau's Weather Forecast Center, said Taitung was likely to experience continuing rainfall from Saturday night into Sunday.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel