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Taiwan train derailment: 36 dead, 72 injured as train derails in Taiwan

By Rajan Nath -- April 02, 2021 11:25 am -- Updated:April 02, 2021 11:31 am

Taiwan train derailment accident: In a shocking incident, a train derailed in a tunnel in eastern Taiwan on Friday after reportedly hitting a truck, with at least 36 people dead and around 72 injured, the transport ministry said.

The derailment of a train in Taiwan took place while the train was traveling to Taitung. It came off the rails in a tunnel just north of Hualien due to which some carriages hit the wall of the tunnel.

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Taiwan train derailment accident: A train derailed in tunnel in eastern Taiwan after reportedly hitting a truck, with at least 36 people dead.

As per the report, around 80 to 100 people have been evacuated from the first four carriages of the train. Likewise, five to eight carriages were “deformed”.

A News Agency reported that a truck that was “not parked properly” was suspected of sliding into the path of the train. The fire department shared a picture of the Taiwan train accident.

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Taiwan train derailment accident: A train derailed in tunnel in eastern Taiwan after reportedly hitting a truck, with at least 36 people dead.

Images show carriages inside the tunnel ripped apart from the impact. Meanwhile, passengers were seen gathering suitcases and bags in a derailed carriage while others were walking along the tracks.

Taiwan train derailment accident: A train derailed in tunnel in eastern Taiwan after reportedly hitting a truck, with at least 36 people dead.

The accident took place at the beginning of a long weekend for the traditional Tomb Sweeping Day. The mountainous east coast of Taiwan is a popular tourist destination.

Earlier in 2018, 18 people had died while 175 were injured when a train derailment took place in northeastern Taiwan.

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