“Forty-one people have died, two are still trapped in the carriages and 66 have been transported to the hospital,” according to a statement by the Taiwan National Fire Fighting Agency, quoted by the news agency France-Presse.
An earlier report showed 36 dead and dozens injured after the train was derailed near the city of Hualien in Taiwan.
The train was traveling through the Daqingshui tunnel, with about 350 passengers on board, when the accident occurred at 09:28 local time (01:28 in Lisbon), according to the official news agency Central News Agency (CNA).
According to the Taiwan Railway Administration, the train derailed at the entrance to the tunnel when it collided with a maintenance vehicle parked next to the rails.
As a result, several carriages crashed into the tunnel walls.
Taiwan’s railroad administration said service on the island’s eastern route is expected to resume at around 6 pm local time (10 am in Lisbon).
The stricken train had left Shulin, in New Taipei, and was headed for the city of Taitung, in the southeast of the island.
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