A derailment along the Alishan Forest Railway at Jhuci Township occurred on Tuesday afternoon. Fortunately, there were no casualties, although the incident did affect that service and the service following behind. The 181 affected passengers from the two trains were transferred down the mountain in a train sent for the purpose. The cause of the accident awaits investigation.
The derailment occurred at 2:54 pm when the front carriage of the 214 Chiayi-bound service descending from Fenci Lake Station along the forest railway came off the tracks at the 16.9 km point.
Another train was following behind the derailed train. The Alishan Forest Railway administration dispatched a rescue train from Beimen Station in Chiayi City at 3:23 pm to transfer the 181 affected passengers from the mountain, saying that it expected to be able to get the front carriage back onto the tracks by dusk and to resume the service then.
Photo courtesy of the Taiwan Railways Administration
(CNA, translated by Paul Cooper)
1. derailment n.
出軌 (chu1 gui3)
2. transfer v.
接駁 (jie1 bo2)
3. resume service phr.
恢復通行 (hui1 fu4 tong1 xing2)
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