Taiwan train derails in tunnel death toll soars 36
Published: 11:47 AM, 2 April 2021 Updated: 02:10 PM, 2 April 2021
At least 36 people were killed after a train derailed in a tunnel in eastern Taiwan on Friday morning; Photo: Taiwan’s National Fire Agency via Reuters
The death toll from the train derailment in a tunnel south of Taiwan has climbed to 36. Besides, dozens more were seriously injured in the incident.
The accident took place on Friday when a train derailed in a tunnel in Taiwan after hitting a truck, making the country’s worst rail disaster in at least four decades.
The information has been confirmed by Channel News Asia (CNA), citing Taiwan’s fire department sources.
The eight carriages train, traveling to Taitung, came off the rails in a tunnel just north of Hualien Friday morning, causing several carriages to hit the wall of the tunnel, the government-run Central News Agency reported, citing the fire department.
Around 80 to 100 people have been safely evacuated from the accident spot, CNN and Reuters reported, quoting the agency.
“The train was full, carrying around 350 people,” said the fire department.
According to CNA, images of the crash scene show carriages inside the tunnel ripped apart from the impact, while others crumpled, hindering rescuers from reaching passengers.
The accident took place at a time when the traditional week-long Tomb Sweeping Day was about to begin.
It is to be mentioned that the mountainous east coast of Taiwan is a popular tourist destination. At least 18 people died and 175 were injured in 2018 when a train derailed in northeastern Taiwan, in the island's worst rail disaster in more than three decades.
Source: Channel News Asia (CNA), CNN, Reuters, Central News Agency