Taiwan transport minister offers to resign after deadly train crash

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Published: April 5,2021 09:27 AM
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April 5, 2021: Taiwan Transport Minister Lin Chia-Lung has offered his resignation following the deadly train crash in the country that killed dozens of people.

April 5, 2021: Taiwan Transport Minister Lin Chia-Lung has offered his resignation following the deadly train crash in the country that killed dozens of people.



In a phone call, Lin told Premier Su Tseng-chang that he wished to step down, to take responsibility for the Friday's express train crash in eastern Taiwan, Focus Taiwan reported citing Cabinet spokesman Lo Ping-cheng on Sunday.



In response, Su commended Lin for wanting to show accountability but said that the focus right now is on repairing the railway line that was damaged during Friday's accident, according to Lo.



In the Island's worst rail accident in seven decades, 51 people have been confirmed dead after a packed train carrying over 490 passengers and crew slammed into a truck near the eastern city of Hualien on Friday. The slamming caused the train to derail and the front part to crumple.



Meanwhile, Deputy Transport Minister Wang Kwo-tsai said the resumption of train services on the damaged line has been postponed from April 8 to April 20, as the railway structure on that section requires closer examination.



Police have detained the truck driver involved in the crash after a court revoked its decision to grant him bail.



In a statement, the district court said there was a high possibility that Lee Yi-hsiang could try to flee, collude with others, or destroy evidence, given the severity of the alleged crime.