Water buffalo wanders onto train tracks in Hualien County

Express trains were ordered to slow down, but no major delays were reported after a water buffalo wandered onto the tracks in Fuli Township, Hualien County this morning.

According to Taiwan Railways Administration, the station master on duty at Dongzhu Station spotted the buffalo on the tracks as it trotted by the station platform at 6:25 am. The station master notified the local police station, and railway police stationed at Yuli.

Police officers drove the buffalo off the tracks and keep it out of harm’s way until the owner was notified and came to take the animal home.

The animal was back in its pen at 7:20 am, and alerts for passing trains were called off. Railway police issued the errant bovine’s owner an NT$1,500 fine for allowing the animal to wander onto the train track. TRA ordered fences along the railway tracks to be thoroughly inspected.

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Water buffalo on train track at Fuli Township, Hualien County, December 5, 2021
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One thought on “Water buffalo wanders onto train tracks in Hualien County

  • December 5, 2021 at 6:33 pm

    Ah, still bucolic and gorgeous as ever! (Water buffalo were part of my first years in Taiwan in the early 1960s…)


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