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4 THSR trains experience 20-minute delay

TAIPEI, Taiwan --Four high speed rail trains were delayed yesterday due to apparent problems with Taipei Station's railroad switch signals.

Anomalies at Taipei Station began between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m., leading trains T717, T713, T202 and T7004 to be delayed for up to 20 minutes, according to local reports.

The last time the high-speed rail experienced railroad switch signal problems was in December 2012. The incident occurred at Taichung Station resulting in the delay of several trains.

Although traffic returned to normal, the incident was potentially embarrassing for Taiwan High Speed Rail Corporation (THSRC), due to the fact that the company elected Tony Fan as its new chairman the same day, following Ou Chin-der's abrupt resignation. Fan is a board representative of the China Aviation Development Foundation, which is a major shareholder in the high-speed rail operator. Ou reportedly resigned to take responsibility for the high-speed rail's string of glitches and rising ticket prices.

In April 2013, technical issues forced the corporation to halt all traffic on the high-speed rail, leading to the cancellation of 44 trains, affecting approximately 35,000 travelers. Prior to that incident, the high-speed rail operator had only halted traffic due to typhoons and earthquakes.

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