Investigators reject denials by driver of ill-fated Puyuma train

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2018/12/28
By: Lee Hsin-Yin 

Taipei, Dec. 28 (CNA) A Cabinet task force investigating a deadly Puyuma train crash in October took issue Friday with arguments made by the train’s driver against the task force’s conclusions that he acted negligently prior to the accident.

Task force spokesman Allen Hu (胡湘麟) said the accusations made by investigators against Puyuma driver Yu Chen-chung (尤振仲) were not wrong because they were based on data taken from a Train Control and Monitor System (TCMS), which operates like a black box.

The system showed that Yu maintained the train’s speed at 130-140 km per hour from the time the southbound Puyuma express left Luodong station to when it approached Xinma station 9 kilometers south, where it derailed going around a curve because it was moving at double the permissible speed limit.    [FULL  STORY]

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