Aslıhan DOĞRU -TDO- Taiwan's Transport Minister Lin Chia-lung said in a statement that he took responsibility for the crash that killed at least 51 people when a train derailed in the eastern Hualien region of the country.
The Transport Minister, who was inspecting the crash site, told the press at the scene of the crash: "I now have a duty to minimize the damage to the entire accident. Once the rescue efforts are complete, I will fulfill my responsibility," he said.
Transport Minister Lin reportedly submitted his resignation verbally to Prime Minister Su Tseng-chang, but his resignation was not accepted.
At the time of the accident, the construction site chief in charge of the crane, Lee Yi-Hsiang, was arrested at the time of the prosecutor's decision and later released on bail in court.
The construction site chief is accused of failing to fully provide the brake system of the crane that caused the accident.