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Malfunction causes Taipei Metro train to take off with open doors

Malfunction causes Taipei Metro train to take off with open doors

Taipei, Feb. 10 (CNA) In what operators are calling unprecedented, a Taipei Metro train left a station Tuesday morning with several of its doors still open due to a faulty electronic switch. Taipei Rapid Transit Corp. (TRTC), which runs the Metro, said this was the first such incident since the first line of what was then officially called the MRT launched in 1996. All 141 trains running on the 129-kilometer system will now undergo checks, which TRTC said are expected to be completed within a week. Footage aired by news station ETTV showed a seemingly nervous Metro employee standing by an almost entirely open door inside a train as it moves from Guting to Taipower Building stations on the green (No. 3) line. Photos shared on social media showed passengers looking at the agape doors in surprise. Sheng Chih-chang (???), vice president of TRTC, confirmed that when the train left Guting at 8:59 a.m., the four doors of the fifth carriage failed to shut. Informed of the problem, the driver switched to manual operations and slowed the train down as it approached Taipower Building Station, where all 360 passngers were asked to get off and take the next train, Sheng said. Maintenance personnel believe the incident was caused by a faulty relay, the device in charge of the open and close signals for carriage doors, he said. Normally when the doors are opened, a signal will be on to inform the driver, but that was apparently not the case Tuesday, leading the driver to believe that the doors had properly shut. Sheng said that the train in question was manufactured by Kawasaki Heavy Industries and has been in operation for seven years and reportedly undergoes regular maintenance and parts changes in accordance with regulations. The relays of the train were manufactured by Siemens AG and are the same kind used in a total of 116 trains of the Taipei Metro. In addition to overall checks of each train, Sheng said that TRTC will also look into whether the control center, driver and station personnel dealt with the incident properly. (By Ku Chuan and Liliian Wu)


Updated : 2021-09-21 07:03 GMT+08:00