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TRA’s Train No. 6432 at Xinma Station

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Operating Agency
Taiwan Railway Administration, MOTC (TRA)
Car type
Electric Multiple Unit (EMU)
Derailment on mainline
Xinma Station, Yilan County


On October 21, 2018, Puyuma train 6432 (the train in the occurrence) of the Taiwan Railway Administration, MOTC (TRA) departed from Shulin Station bound for Taitung Station at 14:50. At 16:49, as the train traveled southward on the eastern main line and arrived at the right-turn transition curve on the fourth track at Xinma Station, Suao, at a speed of 140 km/h, the leading car (8th car) of the train overturned at mileage K89+251, causing all cars of the train to derail. Four cars, namely cars 8, 7, 5, and 3, overturned. The connections between cars 8 and 7 and between cars 7 and 6 broke; the right rail of the sixth track at Xinma Station fractured, broke the eighth window of car 6, and penetrated all the way through the top of the car. Four gantries on the overhead lines at Xinma Station were fractured. Among 370 people on board, 18 received fatal injuries, 17 received serious injuries, 274 received minor injuries, and 61 were not injured.