Balloon Causes High Speed Rail Delays

A balloon entangled in overhead power lines caused delays that affected up to 12,000 passengers traveling on Taiwan High Speed Rail between Taichung and Miaoli this morning, May 16.

Nine south-bound and 11 northbound services were affected as bidirectional travel was limited to a single line.

The large red balloon was spotted shortly before 8:00am, and was removed at 9:35am. Power was restored at 9:38am.

Crew were sent to the location above the Daan River and had to walk 800 meters to reach the spot.

balloon caught in power lines
A balloon caught in power lines of Taiwan High Speed Rail between Taichung and Miaoli May 16, 2017. Picture: THSR.

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