Termites behind train wreck that killed 5
Four cars of a train were derailed when a one-ton branch struck it on Taiwan's Alishan Forest Railway this week.
April 29th, 2011
07:14 AM ET

Termites behind train wreck that killed 5

Termites are responsible for a train crash in Taiwan that killed five Chinese tourists and injured more than 100 others, government officials said in a report on the state-run Taiwan Today website.

The accident happened Wednesday, when a 40-foot-long (12.5 meter) branch weighing one ton fell from a 90-foot-tall Mori oak tree less than 10 yards from the track of the narrow-gauge Alishan Forest Railway, striking a train and derailing four cars, according to the report.

Investigators dispatched by the Forestry Bureau of the Council of Agriculture determined that termites had eaten away the interior of the large branch, and with further stress on the tree from recent dry weather, it broke and fell on the train, the report said.

"The heavy branch fell because it was decayed inside," said one of the investigators, Wang Ya-nan, a professor at National Taiwan University, according to a report on the Focus Taiwan website.

“This natural phenomenon could not have been predicted or prevented,” the investigators said, according to Taiwan Today.

Service on the popular scenic mountain railway has been suspended for a week, Focus Taiwan said.

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soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. dawg

    Looks like it was tai stick.

    April 29, 2011 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Troll #361582

    @Just Saying: Makes too much sense.

    April 29, 2011 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
  3. *Sigh*


    April 29, 2011 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
  4. chrissy

    and fyi....jazz is not a twerp, and she probably has more intelligence (sorry if i spelled that wrong) in her little finger than u have had in your entire life. i suggest u get a life & quit mooching off others. or even just play nice, that would be ok 2

    May 1, 2011 at 4:27 am | Report abuse |
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