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Taichung MRT project suspended after fatal incident

Taichung MRT project suspended after fatal incident

Taipei, April 11 (CNA) Construction work on Taichung City's first Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) line was being suspended until the prosecutors' investigation into a fatal incident is completed, officials announced Friday. In the accident which occurred Thursday afternoon, a 209-ton steel girder was dropped onto a roadway, crushing a female motorist in her car and killing or injuring 7 workers. Four of the vicitms sustained fatal injuries. One of the workers killed was said to be a Chinese national while the 7 other vicitms are Taiwanese.
At a press conference, Deputy Taipei Mayor Charles Lin said the Taipei City government will take full responsibility for the incident. The Department of Rapid Transit Systems (DORTS) under the Taipei City government is responsible for the construction of the Green Line on the Taichung MRT system. Lin and Deputy DORTS Commissioner Chang Tzer-hsiung also promised to make public a review of the incident and offered full compensation to the victims' families. The construction of the 16.7-km Green Line, which began in 2009, is 60-percent complete and Taichung Mayor Lin Chia-lung, who was elected last November, has recently ordered the completion date moved forward from 2020 to 2018.
(By Yiu Kai-hsiang and Jay Chen)


Updated : 2021-09-19 08:03 GMT+08:00