Tragic train crash in Hualien on April 2, 2021

I just saw something that said apparently Ah Hao was driving the backhoe and when the truck fell he got out of the backhoe and attempted to signal the train to stop, but the train driver did not see that because of how fast they were going. He was seen on the train’s dashcam trying to signal the train.

And it looks like this Li guy had direct LINE contact with TRA but for whatever reason he did nothing to notify TRA of the obstruction.

I realize it’s Taiwan and 2021, but it seems…a bit odd that Line is a mode of communication that might be used there. Probably because of the stupid stickers.


Just saying for what good it did at least it would have absolved a huge amount of responsibility.

From the reporting I’ve seen, this is just speculation. The video isn’t clear enough to make out who it is.

“President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) addressed public concern about donations for the train disaster and promised that 100 percent of the raised funds will be directed toward the victims, their families, and rescue workers involved in the accident. She emphasized that all expenditures will be made public and that an oversight committee has been established to regulate how the donations will be spent.”

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Ok but what about investigating the root cause.

Root cause is someone letting chabuduo contractors to work on railway lines. Someone who thinks nylon straps designed to hold about 2 or 3 tons can hold up a 10 ton truck.


Minister Lin to step down April 20:


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Charges have now been brought against the notorious Mr Lee and six others. Mr Lee will apparently face charges of negligent homicide, forgery (for failing to report that the construction project was delayed), and leaving the scene without informing police.

More damning for the TRA (beyond the actions of Mr Lee and his collaborators on April 2) is the tidbit at the end of this quotation:

On April 2 at 9:14 a.m. [Mr] Lee and an undocumented Vietnamese worker known as Hua Wen-hao . . . drove a truck on the construction site above the railway tracks and got stuck on a bend. At 9:23 a.m., Lee allegedly fastened a cable to the truck and asked Hua to drive a crane to try and pull the truck away, prosecutors said.

However, the cable was not strong enough and broke at around 9:26 a.m., and camera footage ended a minute later. The truck then rolled down the slope, and the train crashed into the vehicle at 9:28 a.m.

Prosecutors said a similar incident had occurred on Jan. 23, when a cement mixing truck was caught in the trees at the same bend. A Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) official recorded the incident and told two supervisors to improve the situation, but no action was taken, according to prosecutors.

Source: Seven charged with negligent homicide in Taiwan train derailment | Taiwan News | 2021/04/16



There must be some connection.

The southbound stretch of track (and the tunnel) where the accident occurred is apparently now back open:


Article says the maximum sentence for “negligent homicide” is five years. Li will do just a nickel and change, if he gets the maximum!

Could it be interpreted as 5 years for each fatality? Not saying he deserves 250 years but more of a curiosity.

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Imagine if he wasn’t a citizen

Someone may have mentioned it already that the driver was an illegal worker from Vietnam who shouldnt have been employed by the contractor in the first place.

What this accident really speaks to is a failure of the Ministry of Transportation department in setting proper rules/guidelines for construction zones and enforcing them. Also, if the reports are true, the contractor illegally obtained the contract to work by using someone else’s construction license which was never cross-checked because there is no system in place to do so.


Unless he stole a licence which had the exact same name, ID (matching his description, age etc) I don’t see what’s needs to be setup for a basic name and ID check.


Well should be much more than 5 years I hope