Car Runs Through Forest Railway Crossing 陽光刺眼未注意柵欄放下 轎車駕駛撞工程車

An accident occurred along the Alishan Forest Railway yesterday. A driver did not notice that a level crossing gate was already down and continued driving through, and ended up hitting a railway construction vehicle. He said his line of sight was affected by the bright sunlight.


A black car with a dented right rear end can be seen at the level crossing. On Nov. 29, the driver was crossing an Alishan Forest Railway level crossing but did not notice that the gate was already down. The driver just continued driving and hit the first carriage of an oncoming railway construction vehicle.

Wu Wen-chin, Captain, Luman Police Station: “The sun was in the driver's eyes, so visibility was not good. The level crossing gate was already down, and the driver wasn't able to brake in time and ended up hitting the railway construction vehicle. Luckily, the constriction vehicle was traveling slowly at the time. No one was injured.”

Both drivers got off their respective vehicles to examine the damage. No one was injured, but the maximum fine under the Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act for failing to stop as required and running through a railroad crossing is NT$90,000. The driver's license will also be revoked. The door and body of first carriage of the railway construction vehicle were damaged in this incident.

Chou Heng-kai, Dep. Dir., Alishan Forest Railway & Cultural Heritage Office: “The results of the preliminary investigation show that first carriage's door and obstacle deflector sustained damage. The office will cooperate with the police investigation and seek related compensation.”

There are accidents involving vehicles running through forest railway level crossings from time to time. There was one such accident earlier this year when a car ran through, was hit by the barrier, and ended up stuck on the level crossing. The police and forest railway authorities urge people to follow traffic rules.

 

 

黑色轎車停在柵欄內,右後方車身凹陷進去。轎車車主29日上午經過嘉義林鐵、位於竹崎的第47號平交道時,沒注意平交道柵欄已經放下,直接開進去,被迎面而來的林鐵工程車首車撞上。

嘉義縣警局鹿滿派出所所長吳文欽指出:「(駕駛)因太陽東升、陽光刺眼、視線不佳,導致平交道柵欄已經放下,煞車不及,撞上阿里山(林)鐵工程車。所幸當時工程車車速不快,無人受傷。」

工程車駕駛跟轎車車主下車查看狀況,雖沒人受傷,但闖越平交道而肇事,依《道交條例》,轎車車主將面臨最高9萬元以下罰鍰,並吊銷駕照。這起事故也造成工程車車門車身損害。

阿里山林業鐵路及文化資產管理處副處長周恆凱表示:「初步檢查結果,(工程車)首車的車門以及排障器損壞。本處將配合警方調查,並求償相關費用。」

林鐵平交道不時就有汽車闖越的事故,今(2022)年初也有轎車硬闖,被柵欄打個正著,卡在平交道動彈不得。警方、林鐵也再次呼籲,民眾遵守交通規則,以免害人害己。

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