(CNN)A driver whose truck was allegedly involved in a deadly train crash in eastern Taiwan has issued a tearful apology, saying he is “deeply remorseful.”

Authorities are investigating a crane truck that slid down an incline and fell into the path of a passenger train carrying 498 people. In total, 50 people died in Friday’s crash and 202 people were injured, according to Taiwan’s Central Emergency Operation Center (CEOC).”I am deeply remorseful and want to express my most sincere apologies,” the driver of the truck, Lee Yi-hsiang, said Sunday. “I will cooperate with the investigation by police and prosecutors to take appropriate responsibility.”Lee was granted bail on Saturday, but Hualien District Court later revoked his bail, citing the possibility that he could try to flee, collude with others, or destroy evidence, Taiwan’s government-run Central News Agency (CNA) reported. Rescuers remove parts of the derailed train in a tunnel north of Hualien County, eastern Taiwan, on April 3.Rescuers remove parts of the derailed train in a tunnel north of Hualien County, eastern Taiwan, on April 3. Photos: Deadly train derailment in TaiwanRescuers remove parts of the derailed train in a tunnel north of Hualien County, eastern Taiwan, on April 3.Hide Caption 1 of 25A woman cries as families of the victims in a train crash mourn near Taroko Gorge in Hualien, Taiwan.A woman cries as families of the victims in a train crash mourn near Taroko Gorge in Hualien, Taiwan. Photos: Deadly train derailment in TaiwanA woman cries as families of the victims in a train crash mourn near Taroko Gorge in Hualien, Taiwan.Hide Caption 2 of 25Taiwanese investigators inspect the wreckage of a yellow truck that authorities suspect hit the train.Taiwanese investigators inspect the wreckage of a yellow truck that authorities suspect hit the train. Photos: Deadly train derailment in TaiwanTaiwanese investigators inspect the wreckage of a yellow truck that authorities suspect hit the train.Hide Caption 3 of 25Workers help in the removal operation of the damaged train carriage.Workers help in the removal operation of the damaged train carriage. Photos: Deadly train derailment in TaiwanWorkers help in the removal operation of the damaged train carriage.Hide Caption 4 of 25Relatives of the victims who died on the derailed train pray at the accident site. Relatives of the victims who died on the derailed train pray at the accident site. Photos: Deadly train derailment in TaiwanRelatives of the victims who died on the derailed train pray at the accident site. Hide Caption 5 of 25A woman burns ghost money for the victims of the derailed train.A woman burns ghost money for the victims of the derailed train. Photos: Deadly train derailment in TaiwanA woman burns ghost money for the victims of the derailed train.Hide Caption 6 of 25A wide view of the mountains of Hualien County, where rescuers are removing parts of the derailed train.A wide view of the mountains of Hualien County, where rescuers are removing parts of the derailed train. Photos: Deadly train derailment in TaiwanA wide view of the mountains of Hualien County, where rescuers are removing parts of the derailed train.Hide Caption 7 of 25Workers try to remove a part of the derailed train.Workers try to remove a part of the derailed train. Photos: Deadly train derailment in TaiwanWorkers try to remove a part of the derailed train.Hide Caption 8 of 25Rescuers work at the site where a train derailed inside a tunnel in eastern Taiwan on Friday, April 2.Rescuers work at the site where a train derailed inside a tunnel in eastern Taiwan on Friday, April 2. Photos: Deadly train derailment in TaiwanRescuers work at the site where a train derailed inside a tunnel in eastern Taiwan on Friday, April 2.Hide Caption 9 of 25Emergency personnel gather near the tunnel.Emergency personnel gather near the tunnel. Photos: Deadly train derailment in TaiwanEmergency personnel gather near the tunnel.Hide Caption 10 of 25Part of the train's wreckage can be seen in the tunnel.Part of the train's wreckage can be seen in the tunnel. Photos: Deadly train derailment in TaiwanPart of the train’s wreckage can be seen in the tunnel.Hide Caption 11 of 25A member of the emergency crews rests near the site of the derailed train.A member of the emergency crews rests near the site of the derailed train. Photos: Deadly train derailment in TaiwanA member of the emergency crews rests near the site of the derailed train.Hide Caption 12 of 25An aerial view shows rescuers working at the site.An aerial view shows rescuers working at the site. Photos: Deadly train derailment in TaiwanAn aerial view shows rescuers working at the site.Hide Caption 13 of 25Members of the Tzu Chi Foundation pay their respects as rescuers transfer bodies of crash victims at the Xincheng railway station.Members of the Tzu Chi Foundation pay their respects as rescuers transfer bodies of crash victims at the Xincheng railway station. Photos: Deadly train derailment in TaiwanMembers of the Tzu Chi Foundation pay their respects as rescuers transfer bodies of crash victims at the Xincheng railway station.Hide Caption 14 of 25A victim's family member uses a cell phone at the site of the crash.A victim's family member uses a cell phone at the site of the crash. Photos: Deadly train derailment in TaiwanA victim’s family member uses a cell phone at the site of the crash.Hide Caption 15 of 25Passengers are seen making their way through the tunnel alongside rescue workers.Passengers are seen making their way through the tunnel alongside rescue workers. Photos: Deadly train derailment in TaiwanPassengers are seen making their way through the tunnel alongside rescue workers.Hide Caption 16 of 25Rescuers transfer victims' bodies at the Xincheng railway station.Rescuers transfer victims' bodies at the Xincheng railway station. Photos: Deadly train derailment in TaiwanRescuers transfer victims’ bodies at the Xincheng railway station.Hide Caption 17 of 25An aerial view shows rescue workers at the site.An aerial view shows rescue workers at the site. Photos: Deadly train derailment in TaiwanAn aerial view shows rescue workers at the site.Hide Caption 18 of 25Emergency workers move body bags inside the train.Emergency workers move body bags inside the train. Photos: Deadly train derailment in TaiwanEmergency workers move body bags inside the train.Hide Caption 19 of 25A section of the derailed train is seen cordoned off near the Toroko Gorge area.A section of the derailed train is seen cordoned off near the Toroko Gorge area. Photos: Deadly train derailment in TaiwanA section of the derailed train is seen cordoned off near the Toroko Gorge area.Hide Caption 20 of 25A passenger is helped out of the train in this image made from a video released by hsnews.com.tw.A passenger is helped out of the train in this image made from a video released by hsnews.com.tw. Photos: Deadly train derailment in TaiwanA passenger is helped out of the train in this image made from a video released by hsnews.com.tw.Hide Caption 21 of 25Passengers make their way out of the tunnel where the train derailed.Passengers make their way out of the tunnel where the train derailed. Photos: Deadly train derailment in TaiwanPassengers make their way out of the tunnel where the train derailed.Hide Caption 22 of 25Rescuers work at the site.Rescuers work at the site. Photos: Deadly train derailment in TaiwanRescuers work at the site.Hide Caption 23 of 25Emergency workers assist survivors as they evacuate the derailed train.Emergency workers assist survivors as they evacuate the derailed train. Photos: Deadly train derailment in TaiwanEmergency workers assist survivors as they evacuate the derailed train.Hide Caption 24 of 25Emergency crews are seen in the tunnel beside the wreckage of the train.Emergency crews are seen in the tunnel beside the wreckage of the train. Photos: Deadly train derailment in TaiwanEmergency crews are seen in the tunnel beside the wreckage of the train.Hide Caption 25 of 2502b taiwan train derailment 0403 RESTRICTED06 taiwain train derailment 040304 taiwan train derailment 0403 RESTRICTED09 taiwan train derailment 0403 RESTRICTED07 taiwan train derailment 040310 taiwan train derailment 040303 taiwan train derailment 0403 RESTRICTED01 taiwan train derailment 040322 taiwan train derailment 040221 taiwan train derailment 040220 taiwan train derailment 0402 RESTRICTED19 taiwan train derailment 040223 taiwan train derailment 040212 taiwan train derailment 040224 taiwan train derailment 040217 taiwan train derailment 0402 RESTRICTED18 taiwan train derailment 040210 train derailment 040216 taiwan train derailment 0402 RESTRICTED13 taiwan train derailment 040205 taiwan train derailment14 taiwan train derailment 0402 RESTRICTED11 taiwan train derailment 040206 taiwan train derailment15 taiwan train derailment 0402 RESTRICTEDAccording to the CNA report, investigators are looking into whether the crane truck’s brake was not properly engaged — either as a result of mechanical failure or human negligence. Read MoreCEOC revised its death toll down on Monday from 51 to 50. The train driver is among the dead, according to Taiwan’s fire department.According to CEOC, 163 of those injured have been discharged and 37 are still being treated. Government responseThe train came off the rails in a tunnel just north of Hualien, causing several carriages to hit the tunnel wall, and occurred just as a long weekend began for the nation’s Tomb Sweeping Day public holiday.The crash site is located just east of the picturesque Taroko National Park, a popular tourist destination on the island’s mountainous east coast.Taiwan’s transportation minister Lin Chia-lung offered to resign in a phone call Sunday with Taiwan’s premier Su Tseng-chang, saying he wished to step down and take responsibility for the accident, CNA reported. Cabinet spokesperson Lo Ping-cheng told reporters that the Taiwanese premier commended Lin for showing accountability but declined to discuss the resignation.The government has already laid out a compensation plan for every passenger, which will see NT$5.3 million ($185,500) provided to the families of each fatality. Those badly injured will each receive $91,000 and other injured passengers will receive $14,000, officials said.Taiwan’s President, Tsai Ing-wen said Friday her government will “continue to do everything we can to ensure [passenger] safety in the wake of this heartbreaking incident.”

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