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TRA’s Train No. 408 at Qingshui Tunnel

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Operating Agency
Taiwan Railway Administration, MOTC (TRA)
Car type
Electric Multiple Unit (EMU)
Derailment on mainline
Qingshui Tunnel, Hualien County


The Taroko Express Train No. 408 of the Taiwan Railway Administration (TRA) departed from Shulin Station and was bound for Taitung Station on April 2, 2021. There were 498 persons on board, including 2 drivers, a trainmaster, a cleaner, and 494 passengers. Around 0928 am, the train drove out the south end of the Heren Tunnel between the Heren station and the Chongde station, then collided with a truck which fell off the working access path along hillside to stop on East Main Line track at K51+450.1 about more than a minute ago. This occurrence caused that all eight train carriages derailed, of which 6 carriages (car 3 to car 8) stuck in the Qingshui tunnel, the left side of car 8 was cut off , car 7 was detached from car 6, and of which 3 carriages (car 4 to car 6) were extruded and deformed. There were 49 fatalities (2 drivers and 47 passengers) and 213 injuries.