Dashcam footage reveals the truck got here into the prepare driver’s view solely about 250 metres (820 toes), or 6.9 seconds, earlier than collision.
The truck that precipitated Taiwan’s worst prepare crash in a long time was on the road for simply over a minute earlier than it was struck, officers have mentioned, as salvage groups labored to take away probably the most broken carriages.
A minimum of 50 individuals have been killed and greater than 210 have been injured in Friday’s crash, which despatched a packed eight-car prepare hurtling into the perimeters of a slim tunnel close to the japanese coastal metropolis of Hualien.
Investigators mentioned on Tuesday that the Taroko Categorical hit a railway upkeep truck on the road in a “head-on collision” moments earlier than it entered the tunnel.
The automobile slipped down a steep embankment and prosecutors are working to find out whether or not the driving force did not safe the parking brake or if the truck suffered a mechanical failure.
Investigators gave an replace on Tuesday which revealed how shut the victims have been to avoiding catastrophe.
“There was somewhat over one minute between when the truck slid to the monitor and the Taroko Categorical hit it, in line with our preliminary estimate,” mentioned Taiwan Transportation Security Board chairman Hong Younger.
Younger instructed reporters that despite the fact that the prepare driver had utilized the brake, the velocity of the prepare – it was travelling at some 120 kilometres (74 miles) per hour – couldn’t be decreased inside a couple of seconds to keep away from the collision.
He mentioned it was clear from the prepare’s recording gadgets that the driving force, who died within the crash, had taken the “crucial steps” and “he tried his finest within the hope of avoiding a catastrophe”.
Seconds from collision
Dashcam footage confirmed the truck instantly showing across the nook of a bend and the prepare smashing into it after which hitting the facet of the tunnel.
Officers mentioned the prepare would have required a distance of 600 metres (nearly 2,000 toes), or 16.6 seconds, to totally cease – however when the truck got here into view there was solely about 250 metres (820 toes) or 6.9 seconds, through which to behave.
Friday’s crash befell in the beginning of Tomb Sweeping Pageant, a four-day public vacation when many Taiwanese return to villages to tidy the graves of their ancestors.
Lee Yi-hsiang, the 49-year-old truck driver, was remanded into custody over the weekend, shortly after giving a tearful apology to the media.
Lee was a part of a contracted railway upkeep staff who recurrently examine Taiwan’s mountainous japanese prepare line for landslides and different dangers.
Groups on the crash website on Tuesday managed to take away a number of the extra broken vehicles which were lodged within the tunnel because the crash.
Two carriages have been pulled free with indignant scars of twisted steel down their sides.
The pulverised entrance automotive, the place most of the fatalities befell, stays contained in the tunnel.