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Truck driver expresses 'deep remorse' after deadly Taiwan train crash

April 5, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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This aerial view shows rescuers working at the site of a train that derailed after colliding with a railway maintenance vehicle (top yellow) which slipped down an embankment above the tracks in the mountains of Hualien, eastern Taiwan on April 2, 2021. (Photo by Sam Yeh / AFP) (Photo by SAM YEH/AFP via Getty Images)

A driver whose truck was allegedly involved in a deadly train crash in eastern Taiwan has issued a tearful apology, saying he is "deeply remorseful."

(CNN)A driver whose truck was allegedly involved in a deadly train crash in eastern Taiwan has issued a tearful apology, saying he is "deeply remorseful. "

Authorities are investigating a crane truck that slid down an incline and fell into the path of a passenger train carrying 498 people.

In total, 50 people died in Friday's crash and 202 people were injured, according to Taiwan's Central Emergency Operation Center (CEOC).

"I am deeply remorseful and want to express my most sincere apologies," the driver of the truck, Lee Yi-hsiang, said Sunday.

Lee was granted bail on Saturday, but Hualien District Court later revoked his bail, citing the possibility that he could try to flee, collude with others, or destroy evidence, Taiwan's government-run Central News Agency (CNA) reported.

According to the CNA report, investigators are looking into whether the crane truck's brake was not properly engaged -- either as a result of mechanical failure or human negligence.

The train driver is among the dead, according to Taiwan's fire department.

According to CEOC, 163 of those injured have been discharged and 37 are still being treated.

Government response

Taiwan's transportation minister Lin Chia-lung offered to resign in a phone call Sunday with Taiwan's premier Su Tseng-chang, saying he wished to step down and take responsibility for the accident, CNA reported.

Taiwan's President, Tsai Ing-wen said Friday her government will "continue to do everything we can to ensure [passenger] safety in the wake of this heartbreaking incident. "

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