Taiwan train crash: At least 48 killed after service smashes into truck and derails in tunnel

 

News article: Taiwan train crash: At least 48 killed after service smashes into truck and derails in tunnel

At least 48 people have been killed and 66 injured after a passenger train smashed into a truck and then derailed outside a tunnel in 

  WimbledonW Chief Train Controller

Location: Sydney
(A) The Taiwan accident has a certain similarity with the Moorgate accident where a train crashed into a dead end stub tunnel.

Taiwan train crash: At least 48 killed after service smashes into truck and derails in tunnel

(B) This Taiwan accident also has a certain similarity with the Kerang accident caused by an out of control road vehicle which fouled the train's loading gauge.

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  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
'... the Kerang accident caused by an out of control road vehicle which fouled the trains loading gauge. ...'

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Kerang was caused by a semi trailer which collided with the train.
  WimbledonW Chief Train Controller

Location: Sydney
This Taiwan accident has a certain similarity with the Geurie accident where the 60-class Garratt was standing in the crossing loop, just  foul of the main line.
  WimbledonW Chief Train Controller

Location: Sydney
Taiwan has essentially two rail systems:

* a low speed 1067mm Narrow Gauge one, older.
* a high speed 1435mm Standard Gauge one, newer.

It is not clear which system in involved in the recent tunnel accident, though the large diameter of the tunnel suggests that is on the SG network.

While the NG system has CTC, it might not have any AWS.

The SG system might have ATP and coded track circuits pioneered by Japan, and France, and copied by other HS systems.

An important feature of the coded track circuits is that you can probably pull a link and enforce a temporary speed limit past the work site where the runaway truck caused so much trouble and so reduce the damage cause by that runaway.


See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hualien_train_derailment
  GrahamH Chief Commissioner

Location: At a terminal on the www.
According to ABC radio news, caused by a truck improperly parked at a building site adjacent to the line near the tunnel entrance. The truck travelled unattended into the side of the train derailing it. Truck driver has admitted fault and expressed remorse.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
The death roll has now climbed to 51.

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