Scores injured, many feared dead after train derails INSIDE TUNNEL in Taiwan (PHOTOS, VIDEO)
Carrying around 350 passengers, the train derailed outside the town of Hualien on Friday morning, Central News Agency reported, citing a local fire department. In addition to 36 people said to show "no signs of life," some 61 others sustained injuries, at least three of whom were brought to hospital in serious condition, according to Taiwan’s Transportation Ministry.
The locomotive was on its way to Taitung, a city located near Taiwan’s east coast. Photos and footage of the aftermath of the crash have circulated online, showing the train sitting off its tracks, as well as debris scattered around the scene. Passengers were also seen regrouping in the area following the smash-up.
#BREAKING A train carrying about 350 passengers derailed inside a tunnel in Hualien, China's Taiwan on Friday, with authorities confirming that at least four passengers appeared to be dead and more than 20 injured, according to local media. A rescue mission is underway. pic.twitter.com/EBJSlqYmWg— People's Daily app (@PeoplesDailyapp) April 2, 2021
With rescue efforts ongoing, the fire department noted that between 80 and 100 passengers were evacuated from the train’s first four cars, but said several carriages remained difficult to access, as they were “deformed” in the crash. Around 72 people remain trapped in the train, the Transportation Ministry said.
A passenger train carrying 350 people in Taiwan hit a construction vehicle and derailed in a tunnel on Friday. At least four people were killed in the accident. Rescue efforts are underway. pic.twitter.com/vYU6NSaKoM— Global Times (@globaltimesnews) April 2, 2021
While authorities are still determining the cause of the derailment, a Hong Kong-based outlet, Apple Daily, reported that a construction vehicle slipped down a nearby hillside and crashed into the train as it passed through the tunnel. Photos from the scene appear to show wreckage of a yellow vehicle sitting alongside the rails.
#BREAKING: According to @LBCNews the train derailed near the entrance of the Daqingshui Tunnel in eastern Taiwan, the fire department say many are feared dead. The train was travelling to Taitung. #BreakingNews Photo Credit: Unknown pic.twitter.com/MXiprn8U9w— BREAKING NEWS (@Breaking_4_News) April 2, 2021
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