TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A Taiwanese mother who lost her daughter in the Taiwan Railway train derailment accident on Friday (April 2) lost her mother to illness just two days later.
The woman’s 31-year-old daughter, surnamed Tsai (蔡), was the only fatal victim who lived in Yilan County. Her body was escorted by police to a cemetery in the county’s Yuanshan Township, CNA reported.
Tsai’s mother told CNA in a telephone interview her daughter worked in cosmetic surgery and was taking a trip to Taitung for the Tomb Sweeping Day holiday. Some of her friends had arrived at Taitung on Thursday, but as her daughter had to work, she and two others left Taipei a day later.
The mother said her daughter had purchased a ticket for a Chu-Kuang Express train, but she later changed to the faster Taroko Express train, where she had to stand. The mother said her daughter was standing in the eighth car when the collision happened, and her two friends also perished.
The mother said that when President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) went to Hualien to extend her condolences to the victims’ families, her husband told the president that the Taiwan Railways Administration is in need of reform and has not lived up to past promises to improve.
She said she told the president, “My heart aches, and you will never understand my pain.”