Fight breaks out on train over hamster occupying priority seat

An elderly man and a younger woman got into a physical altercation on a local commuter train in Taipei yesterday, after the woman refused to move a hamster cage occupying the priority seat. At around 5:30 pm yesterday, a young woman placed a caged hamster on a priority seat as the train left Nangang Station. An elderly man who wanted to sit demanded the woman remove the cage. However, a confrontation ensued after the woman refused to remove the cage,

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Man suffers electric shock after climbing onto train roof

A 26-year-old man suffered burn injuries to his lower body, after he clambered onto the roof of a train and came into contact with overhead power lines at Wuri Station in Taichung City, yesterday, February 3. A train conductor was called to one of the train carriages shortly before the incident at around 1:15 pm, after receiving a complaint that a man was harassing passengers on the local commuter train. The offending passenger, named Wu, alighted from the train after

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Woman survives level crossing accident with minor injuries: TRA admits equipment fault

Taiwan Railway Administration (TRA) issued a press release this morning, November 24, in which it apologized for an accident that occurred on a level crossing in Taichung City on Friday night, citing faulty equipment as a causal factor. At 9:35pm, November 22, a woman named Lin, 45, was driving her silver sedan across a level crossing between Xinwuri and Cheng-gong stations when a limited-express train slammed into the vehicle. While the car was almost completely destroyed, Ms Lin suffered no

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Railway Cops arrest fare-evader after he bites train conductor

A man was arrested in Pingtung County this morning after biting a train conductor who asked him to show a ticket. Mr Zhuang, 51, at first hid in a toilet cubicle after the train conductor asked him to show a ticket. At around 10:50am, as the train arrived at Chaozhou Station, Zhuang opened the door, and bit the conductor on the arm before fleeing. Zhuang then boarded another train on the opposite platform, but was arrested by officers of the

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Railway cop stabbed to death by fare-evading passenger

An officer from the Railway Police Bureau died in hospital today after being stabbed by a man traveling on a train without a ticket last night in Chiayi City. Officer Lee Cheng-han (李承翰), just 8 days shy of his 25th birthday, boarded limited express train 152 at Chiayi Station at 8:42pm, after the conductor reported an unruly passenger without a ticket who refused to alight from the train. While Lee attempted to get the 54-year-old passenger named Zheng (鄭) off

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Alishan Forest Railway to Resume Service Tomorrow

Taiwan Railways Administration(TRA) Alishan Forest Railway Management Office announced today that normal services on the Alishan Railway would resume tomorrow, June 27, after improvements to the track and rolling stock have been completed. Services were suspended on the mountain line March 12, after a series of four derailment accidents in January and February this year. The Ministry of Transportation and Communications Railway Bureau conducted preliminary inspections on June 14, and the improvement program was completed June 25. Trial operations began

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Trains Delayed after 5.6 Earthquake Rocks East Coast

A 5.6 magnitude earthquake shook the east coast counties of Hualien and Taidong this morning, causing Taiwan Railways Administration to order all trains traveling between Fengtian and Ruisui to slow down until safety inspections are completed along the route. The earthquake struck at 7:10 am centered 38.64 kilometers east of Hualien County Yuli Earthquake Station with a maximum intensity of magnitude 5 felt in Changbin Township, Taitung County. Coastal townships south of Hualien City felt a magnitude 4. Maximum earthquake

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