Taipei--Rail travel in part of Eastern Taiwan was temporarily suspended when a local train hit a herd of calves that wandered onto a railway line, Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) said on Monday.
The TRA said the northbound train departed from Taitung for Hualien at 9 a.m. but about 10 minutes later on the approach to Luye (??) station, the train driver saw the calves on the line and pulled the emergency brake.
Unfortunately, the train was unable to stop in time, colliding with and killing six of the animals.
The front carriage was badly damaged in the accident and unable to continue the journey. The 12 passengers on the train were not hurt, but arrangements had to be made for them to take another train at Luye station, resulting in a delay of 88 minutes.
The TRA estimated that four trains carrying a total of 430 passengers were affected by the accident.
This is not the first time a TRA train has hit livestock in rural Taitung County, but it is the most ever killed in a single incident.
Luye police helped TRA staff remove the carcasses of the dead animals from the railway line so normal operations could resume.
The TRA said it was lucky the train did not derail as a result of the collision and that no passengers were hurt. The company has located the owner of the animals and is seeking compensation.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel