Two rail workers killed, one injured after being hit by locomotive

Two railway maintenance workers died, and another was seriously injured, after they were hit by a maintenance vehicle in Taitung County this morning, February 23.

The three men were replacing a switch on tracks around one kilometer from Haiduan Train Station in Guanshan Township when they were hit by an electric maintenance vehicle being driven by a trainee driver at 8:35 am, according to reports.

The three injured workers were rushed to Guanshan Tzu Chi Hospital, but two were pronounced dead after arrival, Taiwan’s Central News Agency reported.

8742 electric maintenance vehicle involved in the fatal accident.

The two deceased, a 48-year-old man named Pan, and a 55-year-old man named Liu, had suffered severe skull injuries. The injured, a man named Wang, 36, suffered from a facial fracture. Wang has recovered consciousness, and was transferred to Taitung Mackay Memorial Hospital, according to United Daily News.

According to the Taiwan Railways, a total of 5 trains from Taitung to Hualien were stopped from 9 am to 12 noon this morning, and 4 trains from Hualien to Taitung were delayed, affecting around 900 passengers. Railway traffic resumed at around 12 noon.

The Taiwan Railway Administration stated that a response team was established immediately after the accident was reported. The labor safety office and National Transportation Safety Investigation Commission have begun an investigation into the incident.

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