Owner of truck that caused Taiwan’s deadly train collision apologizes tearfully

The man who owned the unmanned construction truck which on Friday slid onto train tracks, causing a derailment in Taiwan that killed nearly 50 people and injured almost 200, apologized tearfully Sunday. Lee Yi-Hsiang spoke out while police escorted him from his residence in Hualien, near the site of the fatal accident, The Associated Press reports. “I have caused a serious accident on the Taiwan Railway Administrations’ Taroko train number 480 this year’s Tomb Sweeping Holidays, causing deaths and injuries, to this I express my remorse and my sincerest apologies,” said Lee, also the manager of the construction site from which the vehicle slid down.

(C) Provided by New York Daily News In this image taken from video, Lee Yi-hsiang, the driver of the truck that caused the train accident on Saturday, offers a public apology as he is led by police Sunday, April 4, in Hualien, Taiwan. Lee’s truck slid into the path of an oncoming train, causing Taiwan’s worst railway accident in decades that which killed dozens of people, and injuring hundreds more.

In this image taken from video, Lee Yi-hsiang, the driver of the truck that caused the train accident on Saturday, offers a public apology as he is led by police Sunday, April 4, in Hualien, Taiwan.

Lee’s truck slid into the path of an oncoming train, causing Taiwan’s worst railway accident in decades that which killed dozens of people, and injuring hundreds more. The government’s disaster relief center said the vehicle’s emergency brake was not properly engaged before it slid down. Lee vowed to “cooperate with the authorities’ investigation fully, and take responsibility.”

The passenger train was carrying 494 people at the time of the accident, which left 48 dead and 198 injured. Previously, prosecutors announced they were seeking an arrest warrant for the owner of the truck.

(C) Provided by New York Daily News In this photo released by National Fire Agency, rescue workers are seen near the site of a partial train derailment in Toroko Gorge in Taiwan’s eastern Hualien region, Friday, April 2.

In this photo released by National Fire Agency, rescue workers are seen near the site of a partial train derailment in Toroko Gorge in Taiwan’s eastern Hualien region, Friday, April 2. The country’s Central News Agency reported that bail — NT£500,000 or the equivalent of US£17,516 — was revoked for Lee Sunday after prosecutors deemed him a flight risk.

The death toll was lowered from earlier reports that 50 had been killed, modified from original reports of 51 dead. The corrections were due to the discovery that some body parts belonged to a single individual, said a representative for Central Emergency Operation Center. The accident occurred over the Tomb Sweeping holiday, a four-day period popular for train travel as people travel to their hometowns to honor their elders at their gravesites.

With News Wire Services

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