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Woman fatally struck by train in northeast Taiwan, rail traffic halted

Elderly woman reportedly was crossing road to reach vegetable garden when she was struck by train

Scene of the fatal accident. (Photo by reader)

Scene of the fatal accident. (Photo by reader)

Update: 05/10 11:30 a.m.

The pedestrian who perished when she was struck by a train has been identified as an 86-year-old surnamed Chen (陳), reported Liberty Times. Her son said she had told him she was going to her garden to pick ripe vegetables.

When he noticed she had not returned for a long period of time, he rode his scooter to check the garden, but she was nowhere to be seen. He suspects that she was killed while crossing the railroad tracks to reach the garden.

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A woman was fatally struck by a train in northeast Taiwan on Monday morning (May 10), prompting officials to temporarily suspend traffic on part of the route.

At 7:11 a.m., a woman suddenly stepped onto the tracks at the Jixiang Road level crossing between Toucheng and Jiaoxi in Yilan County and was hit by the Taroko Express No. 402 train, reported UDN. Railway personnel immediately called 119.

The Yilan Fire Bureau immediately rushed paramedics to the scene. However, when they arrived, the woman was clearly dead, and there was no possibility of resuscitation.

The Taiwan Railway Administration temporarily reduced two-way traffic to one line. Railway traffic later resumed on both lines at 8:48 a.m.

The delay affected 11 trains and 2,400 passengers. The cause of the accident is still under investigation.