TRA train malfunction delays 5,180 passengers; no injuries reported

Taipei-A Tze-chiang express train operated by the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) reported a malfunction of its brake system Sunday, delaying 5,180 passengers in 10 trains.

No injuries were reported.

Smoke erupted from the northbound No. 126 Tze-chiang express when it stopped at Zhongli Station in Taoyuan at 6:09 p.m., forcing its passengers to disembark and change to a later train, the TRA said.

The malfunction on the train, traveling from Dounan Station in Yunlin County to Qidu Station in Keelung, was found under carriage No. 3, and may have been caused by loose brakes, the TRA said.

Service on the TRA tracks was fully restored at 7:22 p.m. after the smoke was brought under control by such measures as cutting the electricity supply to the train and spraying water on it, according to the TRA.

The TRA said the train, an EMU300 model, is one of its older trains at over 30 years of age.

The model will be among the first to be replaced when the TRA takes delivery of new EMU3000 trains from Japan starting later this year, said the TRA, which is still reeling from a deadly train crash on April 2 in eastern Taiwan that took 49 lives.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel