Transport ministry seeks punishment for 3 ex-TRA chiefs

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2018/12/21
By: Lee Hsin-Yin

Taipei, Dec. 21 (CNA) The three former heads of the Taiwan Railways Administration

Frank Fan (范植谷, left), Chou Yung-hui (周永暉, center) and Lu Chieh-shen (鹿潔身) / CNA file photo

(TRA) might face administrative punishment ranging from a minor demerit to a major demerit in the wake of the deadly derailment of a Puyuma express train in October, the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) said Friday.

MOTC Acting Minister Wang Kwo-tsai (王國材) said the ministry will seek the punishment for Lu Chieh-shen (鹿潔身), who resigned four days after the accident Oct. 25, as well as his two predecessors Chou Yung-hui (周永暉) and Frank Fan (范植谷).

“We think the three former TRA heads must take responsibility for failing to establish a safety-first culture, particularly after a similar accident in 2007,” said Wang, referring to a train collision at Dali Station in Yilan County that left five people dead and 15 injured.    [FULL  STORY]

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