The dash cam showed the truck entered the train driver’s line of sight only about 250 meters (820 feet), or 6.9 seconds, before the collision.
The truck causing Taiwan’s worst train crash in decades was on the road just over a minute before it crashed, officials said, as rescue teams work to remove the most damaged carriages.
At least 50 people were killed and more than 210 injured in Friday’s crash, causing a cramped 8-car train to crash into the sides of a narrow tunnel near the eastern coastal city of Hualien.
Investigators said on Tuesday that the fast train Taroko crashed into a railway maintenance truck on the road in a “head-on collision” moment before it entered the tunnel.
The car slid down a steep embankment and prosecutors are working to determine if the driver was not holding the handbrake firmly or the truck had been mechanically damaged.
Investigators released an update on Tuesday, which revealed how close the victims were to avoid the disaster.
Taiwanese Traffic Safety Council Chairman Hong Young said: “There is more than a minute between when the truck slips to the track and the Taroko fast train hits it, according to our initial estimates,” Taiwan Traffic Safety Council president said.
The child told reporters that even though the train driver had applied the brakes, the train’s speed – it was traveling at some 120 km (74 miles) per hour – could not be reduced within seconds to avoid. collision.
He made it clear from the train’s recording devices that the driver, who died in the crash, took “necessary steps” and “he did his best in the hope of avoiding it. a disaster”.
Seconds after collision
CCTV footage showed the truck suddenly appearing around the curve and the train crashed into and then crashed into the side of the tunnel.
Officials said the train would need a distance of 600 meters (nearly 2,000 feet), or 16.6 seconds, to come to a complete stop – but when the truck came out, only about 250 meters (820 feet) or 6, 9 seconds in which action.
Friday’s crash came at the start of the Sweeping Festival, a four-day holiday holiday when many Taiwanese returned to their villages to clean up ancestral graves.
Lee Yi-hsiang, a 49-year-old truck driver, was detained over the weekend, shortly after giving a tearful apology to the media.
Lee is a member of the contract railway maintenance team, who regularly checks Taiwan’s eastern mountainous railway for landslides and other mishaps.
Teams at the crash scene on Tuesday sought to get rid of some of the more damaged cars that had been in the tunnel since the crash.
The two carriages were pulled freely, with metal marks twisted angrily down the sides.
The crushed front car, where many deaths happened, was still inside the tunnel.