Taiwan ER doctor provides train accident survival tips

In the wake of a horrifying train accident on the Yilan-Taitung route, a renowned Taiwanese emergency room doctor provides tips to survive a train crash

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TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - In the wake of a horrifying train accident at in Yilan County, a renowned Taiwanese emergency room doctor has provided tips to survive a train crash.

18 people have been killed and 187 injured in a tragic train derailment on Sunday afternoon.

The Puyuma Express came off the rails at a speed of 140km/hr on a curve in the track, and in absence of the Automatic Train Protection System (ATP), reports said.

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This author suggests that hoping for the best, but preparing for the worst is not paranoia; it can increase your chances of survival. Upon boarding, familiarize and orient yourself with the emergency signs and survival gear on the train. When you are taking the train, remember the following tips provided by this expert to protect yourself from injury in the event of an accident.

Mackay Memorial Hospital Emergency Department Deputy Director, Dr. Chien Ding-Kuo (簡定國), suggested that passengers should take a brace position as a precaution when the train car is experiencing unusual shakes, and to stay away from windows. When you are taking the brace position, make sure to tuck your chin into your chest to protect your neck, and to firmly grasp a secure object if you feel that the train is about to overturn.

After the accident, try to leave the scene, quickly and without panic, to avoid fires caused by oil leaks from overturned train. If passengers are not able to leave, Dr. Chien advised them to make sounds with nearby objects to help the rescue team to quickly identify their location.

What is Brace Position?

Brace position is the most effective protective position for passengers to adopt to mitigate the potential for injury during a high-velocity impact, according to Australia's Civil Aviation Safety Authority.

If you are a forward-facing passenger, bend forward and tuck your chin into your chest. Place your hands on top of your head, at the sides of your lower legs, or hold onto your lower legs. Feet should be flat on the floor.

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