1 passenger dead, 8 injured after construction crane collapses, hits MRT train in Taichung City

One person died at the scene, and eight people were injured, after a crane from the top of a 30-storey building under construction collapsed onto an elevated section of Taichung’s MRT system, hitting a moving train.

According to reports, the crane collapse happened at 12:25 pm near the Feng-le Park Station on Wenxin Road in Nantun District. Pictures from the scene showed the front of a metro train and the interior of a train compartment badly damaged.

Taichung City Fire Bureau received reports at 12:29 pm and dispatched eight fire trucks, seven ambulances, and 37 personnel to the scene of the accident.

One woman was found beside the MRT track without vital signs. At least eight people were injured, including a Canadian national who was described as slightly injured.

According to a preliminary investigation, it appears that the crane was being dismantled at the time of the collapse.

Services on Taichung MRT between Taichung City Hall and Jiuzhangli Station are currently suspended.

damaged interior of MRT train compartment
Damaged interior of train. Picture: Facebook.
steel beam pierced window of MRT train
Steel Beam pierced window of train. Picture: Facebook citizen reports group.

Parts of the steel crane boom penetrated the train compartment.

Footage showing crane collapse and falling.
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