Taipei Rapid Transit Corporation (TRTC) President Tsay Huei-sheng (
Tsay will be fired for poor supervision and for lying about an accident at a Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) station, officials said.
On the New Year's Eve, five passengers were injured on while riding a packed escalator at the MRT Taipei Main Station amid heavy crowds as people headed to major celebrations in the city. Two of the passengers were seriously hurt and the others sustained minor abrasions. One female passenger's hair became caught in the escalator, resulting in a tear to her scalp
According to Deputy Mayor Yeh Chin-chuan (
"There are still several points that need to be clarified," Yeh said. "The company says there were not too many passengers at the time. But the victims say the station was extremely crowded due to the New Year celebrations."
"The company says the victims only suffered some minor injures. But the woman whose scalp was ripped obviously received over 100 stitches," Yeh said.
City councilors have also criticized the TRTC in the case.
The company does not have insurance for passengers, and has repeatedly refused requests to provide a surveillance videotape that captured the accident -- because Tsay feels that the videotape failed to capture the escalator completely, they said.