TRA to pay driver hit at crossing

FAULTY EQUIPMENT: After finding fault with crossing equipment, the agency said it would also compensate travelers who were displaced by the incident last week

Taipei Times
Date: Nov 25, 2019
By: Shelley Shan  /  Staff reporter

The Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) yesterday said it would offer full compensation to the driver of a car hit by one of its southbound Tzuchiang Express trains last week, after determining that the incident was caused by an equipment malfunction at a railway crossing in Taichung.

On Friday last week, the train, traveling from Keelung to Pingtung County’s Chaojhou Township (潮州), hit a parked car near a crossing between Singwurih (新烏日) and Chenggong (成功) railway stations, causing a temporary suspension of two-way operations, the agency said.

Initially, the car’s owner, who was injured in the incident, appeared to be at fault, but after reviewing surveillance video and inspecting the crossing, the TRA said it found that an equipment malfunction was a factor.

The agency said defective insulation between cables controlling the boom barriers and those controlling the alarms caused the malfunction.    [FULL  STORY]

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