Tourist sugar train back on track a day after crash and derailment

A former sugar train converted to carry tourists at an old sugar factory in Changhua County is back in operation after a collision and derailment at a level crossing yesterday, June 25.

The Xihu Sugar Factory train, carrying 270 passengers was hit by a truck at around 1:30 pm yesterday afternoon, derailing the locomotive and the first two carriages, and causing the locomotive to plunge off a bridge into a drainage ditch.

Fortunately, the passengers and driver of the train were not injured. The driver of the truck reported feeling dizzy and went to the hospital for a medical examination, but had no obvious trauma.

The sugar factory had expected repairs to take at least two days, but the track was fixed this morning, and a spare locomotive allowed the 50 minute train tour to resume at around 1:00 pm this afternoon.

According to reports, the train was travelling at around 10 kilometers per hour at the time of the accident. The train driver had sounded the horn for a full 12 seconds as it approached the crossing, but the driver of the truck did not heed the horn, nor the flashing lights at the level crossing.

Derailed train at Xihu Sugar Factory.
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