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Taiwan train reverses course to pick up injured hiker

Alishan Forest Railway and Cultural Heritage Office ordered train to pick up patient, head back to nearest station

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(Alishan Forest Railway and Cultural Heritage Office photo)

(Alishan Forest Railway and Cultural Heritage Office photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A forest train traversing Chiayi's Alishan reversed direction and traveled backward 2 kilometers on Sunday (Nov. 15) in an effort to transport an elderly male hiker in need of emergency care.

A 70-something man was hiking on Duli Mountain in the Alishan area Sunday morning when he collapsed, hit his head, and fell into a coma, according to CNA. An employee of the Alishan Forest Railway and Cultural Heritage Office (AFRCH), which administers the forest railways in the area, learned of the incident and informed the office and firefighters.

Considering the difficulty of traveling to and from the mountain and the time-sensitive situation, the office decided to order a train bound for Fenqihu to stop and pick up the man, then reverse course 2 km to Zhangnaoliao Station, where an ambulance would transfer him to a hospital.

The Chiayi County Fire Bureau said that when the patient arrived at the hospital, he was suffering from an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest and was later pronounced dead.

The AFRCH said that due to the rescue operation, the train was delayed 28 minutes and that the 187 passengers on board were notified of the situation.


Updated : 2021-01-20 16:07 GMT+08:00