The police registered 36 dead passengers. More than 60 people were taken to medical centers, 40 of whom were injured. But about 70 passengers still needed to be rescued.
Passengers are rescued from a derailed train in Taiwan – Photo: hsnews.com.tw / via AP Photo
The accident occurred around 9:30 am (local) on a stretch of tunnel near the coastal city of Hualien. The eight-car train was going from Taipei to the southeastern city of Taitung, carrying about 350 passengers, the rescue center said.
The accident coincides with the start of the annual Grave Sweep Festival, a long festive weekend that fills the country’s roads and railways.
Aerial image of a derailed train in Taiwan – Photo: Emergency Operations Center / via AFP Photo
Taiwan’s eastern railway line is often a tourist attraction, as it runs along its eastern coast, which is considered beautiful. Through several tunnels and bridges, it meanders through mountains and canyons before descending through the Huadong Valley.
Rescuers help passengers on a derailed train in Taiwan – Photo: National Fire Department / via AP Photo
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