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Taipei Wenhu MRT trains collide near depot

Taipei Wenhu MRT trains collide near depot

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Two trains from Taipei’s troubled Wenhu Mass Rapid Transit Line collided inside a depot Thursday, causing NT$1 million in damage, the city said.
No injuries were reported as none of the trains were carrying passengers at the time, according to the city government.
Faulty design was the most likely cause of the accident, said Tan Kuo-kuang, the vice secretary-general of the Taipei City Government who also serves as spokesman for the Wenhu Line.
Car No.101 was on its way back to the depot for repairs when car No.107 was being moved manually, Tan said. Even though the two trains were on different tracks, they still hit each other.
Opposition Democratic Progressive Party members of the Taipei City Council visited the depot and published pictures of the damaged train. The footage showed a shattered windshield, broken headlights and a wide gash in the fiberglass front of car No.101.
Tan said an investigation was still continuing to determine the cause of the accident. He mentioned a number of possibilities, including the design of platforms and tracks at the depots and procedural mistakes.
The system was designed by Canadian contractor Bombardier, Inc., which could be asked to pay compensation if the accident turned out to be a consequence of its work, Tan said.
He estimated total damage to the trains, machinery and track equipment at NT$1 million.
Since its opening last July 4, the Wenhu Line has fallen victim to numerous breakdowns and minor incidents. The system was closed down during two weekends ahead of last September’s Taipei Deaflympics for thorough repairs and even underwent a name change from the original Neihu-Muzha Line.
The city has blamed most of the problems on the difficult integration of the new Neihu Line with the decade-old Muzha Line, built by France’s Matra.


Updated : 2022-05-29 00:15 GMT+08:00