South-Link rail line resumes service after derailment
CNATAIPEI -- Rail service between Pingtung in the south and Taitung in the east resumed Monday morning, when the South-Link Line opened one day ahead of schedule after days of closure due to a derailed train.
September 3, 2013, 5:04 pm TWN
The Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) said that repair work went smoother than expected as rainfall in the area decreased, allowing workers to remove the two cars that had been lodged inside Pingtung Fangshan No. 2 Tunnel.
Trains across the country were reportedly operating as normal, with the exception of the popular tourist route of the Alishan Forest Railway in the southern county of Chiayi.
Heavy rain over the weekend caused traffic disruptions, including the derailment of the Tze-Chiang Limited Express at the tunnel entrance Saturday. It was traveling at 90 kilometers per hour when it was knocked off the track due to mudslide debris, rail officials said.
All of the 250 passengers on board were evacuated that day, with 17 sustaining injuries.