TAIPEI, Taiwan – Taiwanese authorities tried to decide Monday that caused a passenger train to crash in northern Taiwan last year, killing 18 people in the island’s worst accident in 37 years.
Among the dead were eight members of a family returning from a wedding, confirmed the Taiwan Railway Authority. In addition to the dead, 187 people were injured in the Sunday afternoon accident.
On Monday morning, Taiwan’s Rail Administration released a 12 second video from the moment the Puyuma Express train blocked in northern Taiwan’s Yilan County. The train was with 366 passengers.
The video seems to show that the engine starts rolling to the left after coming straight from the track before there would have been a turn to the right. The train did not seem to show a decline for the bend.
All eight of the train’s cars blocked, some knocked over concrete pylons. On Monday morning the wreck was cleared from the tracks.
Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen and its Prime Minister Lai Ching Tea, both visited Yilan County after the accident.
Ms. Tsai visited one of the four local hospitals who treated victims. She met with the deceased’s family members and offered condolences and prayed with Buddhist monks in a local temple.
The eight family members who died after attending the wedding ranged from 9 to 67, Tung Xiao-ling, 43, a relative of the non-train victims, told Reuters. The victims participated in the wedding of Ms. Tung’s sister.
An American was among the injured.
The train accident is the deadliest in Taiwan since 1981, when a collision in Miaoli County in the eastern northwest was killed 31 people.
Taiwan’s central news agency reported that passengers on the train said that the emergency brakes had been used several times, and the illuminated signs of the train had been abnormal.
Mr. Lai, the prime minister, told local reporters that if the investigation proved to be a problem with the train cars, he would look at the suspension services of Puyuma Express, which is the fastest train line serving Taiwan’s east coast. It has been in service since 2013.
Lu Chieh-shen, Deputy Director of Taiwan Rail Administration, said the train’s conductor had five years of experience in the job.
Investigators met dinner on Monday with the leader, who was among the injured and had been hospitalized overnight.