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2019-09-26 | 公共電視

Puyuma Driver Breaks Silence After Nearly Year|普悠瑪司機員尤振仲 起訴後首度露面

On Oct. 21, 2018, a Taiwan Railways Administration Puyuma-class train derailed, killing 18 passengers. The driver of the train, Yu Chen-chung, was subsequently indicted. He explained his side of the story for the first time 11 months later. He accused the TRA of deliberately concealing facts and evidence in his favor, and said prosecutors indicted him with the presumption of guilt. Meanwhile, the Taiwan Railway Union said Yu has been made into a scapegoat.

This pain is a barb in my heart.

Yu Chen-chung held a press conference on Sept. 26. On Oct. 21, 2018, he was at the wheel of a Taiwan Railways Administration Puyuma-class train that derailed, killing 18 passengers. He broke his silence 11 months later, making his first public statements on the incident. Yu was emotional throughout the press conference. He said going through this experience was like dying. During the press conference, he expressed his discontent with the decision by the Yilan District Prosecutors' Office to indict him, Taiwan Railways Administration's attempt to blame him, and the Executive Yuan's investigation. The investigation report stated that he was speeding, but Yu said he would put neither his own life nor those of the passengers at risk.

At that time, when we departed Luodong, the speed was 127 kilometers per hour. I don't know why they would claim the train was traveling at 140 kilometers per hour. The Yilan District Prosecutors' Office immediately presumed I was guilty, Taiwan Railways Administration immediately and maliciously tried to deceive, and the Executive Yuan's investigatory group deliberately concealed facts and focused on trivial details.

Yu accused the TRA of deliberately concealing facts and hiding evidence that would exonerate him, including filed reports of malfunctions, footage of him being requested to drive and handed keys, and memory cards showing whether the tilt function was activated. His lawyer requested an investigation, and the TRA either said the items were missing or destroyed in the accident.

The work report contained information on dispatching issues. Why would it disappear? Footage from the operations room was said not to exist.

Taiwan Railways Administration is making Mr. Yu the scapegoat. It is the normal state of operations for the TRA to drive when backup units are insufficient or there are malfunctions.

The TRA said it respects Yu's accusations, while the Transportation Safety Board declined comment, saying it is still meeting. The accident killed 18 passengers and injured over 200. The court session is scheduled to begin on Sept. 30, and there is speculation that Yu is trying to influence the judges by finally breaking his silence right before the session after nearly a year during which he made no statements and did not apologize to victims' families. The Yilan District Prosecutors' Office says all evidence will be made public and inspected during court. The evidence will be allowed to talk and establish the facts. It added that it was disappointed that implicated persons chose to make statements outside the court of law, although it respects this action. President Tsai Ing-wen also expressed concerns and said she will ask the Executive Yuan to monitor the situation and investigate fully.

台鐵普悠瑪肇事司機員 尤振仲表示:「這種痛是椎心之痛。」

記者會上崩潰大哭,台鐵普悠瑪肇事司機員尤振仲,在沉寂了11個月後,首度出面說明,不過情緒仍難掩激動,他坦言經歷過列車翻覆事件後,宛如死了一回。

不過他在記者會上,對於宜蘭地檢的起訴、台鐵的卸責以及行政院的調查,都感到不滿。尤其調查報告定調司機員超速,他說他不會拿自己和全車旅客生命開玩笑。

台鐵普悠瑪肇事司機員 尤振仲表示:「當時羅東出去是(時速)127(公里),那我不曉得為什麼,他們會說是(時速)140(公里),宜蘭地檢第一時間,他就是有罪推定,台鐵他第一時間是惡意欺騙,行政院調查小組,他是刻意隱瞞事實避重就輕。」

尤振仲更痛批台鐵惡意隱瞞,他說對他有利的證據,都憑空消失,包括記錄故障工作報單、運轉室要他開車,給予鑰匙的監視畫面、或傾斜功能是否沒有作動的記憶卡等,委任律師並要求調查,台鐵說法不是說不見了,就是撞壞掉。

台鐵普悠瑪肇事司機員 尤振仲表示:「上班的工作報單,那關係到出車的問題,那為什麼會憑空消失,運轉室的錄影畫面,竟然也會有說沒有。」

台鐵產業工會秘書長 蕭農瑀表示:「台鐵局他今天就是把我們的尤師傅、尤司機,當作代罪羔羊,這個備用編組不夠,或者是說壞車硬開,這個在台鐵絕對是常態。」

對於尤振仲指控,台鐵表示尊重,至於交通部運安會,截至目前以開會為由,暫無回應。普悠瑪號翻覆意外,釀成18死,200多人輕重傷, 將在下週一開庭,因此外界質疑神隱將近一年的尤振仲,沒有親口和家屬致歉,卻選在開庭前才出面說明,意圖影響法官開庭審理。宜蘭地檢署回應,所有證據都會公開,在法庭接受檢視,會證據來說話,還原事實。對於當事人選擇在法庭外陳述意見感遺憾,但予以尊重。總統猜蔡英文也表達關切,強調會請行政院特別注意,務必調查清楚。

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