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Over 36 die, dozens more injured in Taiwan train horror crash

A train accident in Taiwan early Friday morning (EAT) has left at least 36 people dead while dozens more are injured, news agencies have said.

According to Reuters, a further 70 people remain trapped in the derailed coaches’ wreckage, which derailed after hitting a truck. It is reported that the truck slid down a slope and hit the train, leading to the derailment.

Preliminary reports state that the truck driver had parked the truck poorly, causing it to slide down the slope onto the railway tracks.

Atleast 36 killed and 72 injured in a train derailment in eastern Taiwan. The accident in Hualien County occurred on Friday morning.

The derailment is blamed on an improperly parked construction vehicle. pic.twitter.com/HAEQL7qCQx

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Severely injured, stuck in damaged coaches

Other reports state that over 80 people had been injured, some in severe conditions, while more remained stuck in the badly damaged coaches. Among the dead was the train driver.

The crush was the worst in Taiwan in at least four decades.

The fire department said that the train was an express traveling to Taitung from the capital, Taipei. It had been ferrying tourists and other people heading home for the long weekend before it derailed at a tunnel north of the Hualien area.

At least 36 feared dead after packed train derails in Taiwan: railway police https://t.co/gjo9qvFoF8 pic.twitter.com/BikslugnEJ

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Over 350 on board

There were about 350 people on board the eight-coach train, popular with people eager to avoid the treacherous terrain of the Hualien area, east of Taiwan.

Videos shared of the crash showed the coaches having crumpled at the tunnel entrance, with more crashed inside the tunnel. Survivors could be seen walking on the coaches’ roof to waiting hands of rescuers on the outside.

VIDEO: Rescuers on scene at deadly Taiwan train derailment.

Taiwan rescuers are scrambling to reach passengers trapped inside a train derailed inside a tunnel, as dozens of people are feared dead in the crash pic.twitter.com/w0uxd8SOxY

— AFP News Agency (@AFP) April 2, 2021

Presidential statement

Taiwan’s President, Tsai Ing-wen, confirmed the incident, stating that her government had fully mobilized emergency services to rescue and assist the passengers and affected railway staff.

“We will continue to do everything we can to ensure everyone’s safety in the wake of this heartbreaking incident,” President Tsai Ing-wen said in a tweet.

In response to a train derailment in Hualien, Taiwan, our emergency services have been fully mobilized to rescue & assist the passengers & railway staff affected. We will continue to do everything we can to ensure their safety in the wake of this heartbreaking incident.

— 蔡英文 Tsai Ing-wen (@iingwen) April 2, 2021

The train is among the fastest in Taiwan, hitting a high speed of 130 km/h.

The previous major train accident in Taiwan was in 2018, which happened at Yilan County. The accident killed 18 and injured 187. Before that, the previous deadly accident was in 1991, near Miaoli, where a collision between two trains killed 30.

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