By: Tyson Lu, Chen Wei-ting and Kuo Chung-han
Service on the 98.2 kilometer-long rail line from Fangliao in Pingtung County to Taitung City was disrupted three times during the three-day National Day holiday due to torrential rains brought by the outer periphery of Tropical Storm Aere.
Service on the rail line was disrupted for about three hours on Saturday morning after a Tzuchiang express train ran into a three-meter high and 10 meter-long mudslide on the Zhiben-to-Taimali section.
The rail line was disrupted in the same section again on Sunday morning after landslides eroded the line’s roadbed and persistent rain made repair work difficult. Repairs were finished on Sunday evening and service was restarted on Monday morning. [FULL STORY]