At least 41 people have been killed after a train derailed in eastern Taiwan. Railway police said.
Police registered 36 dead passengers. More than 60 people were taken to medical centers, of which 40 were injured.
Passengers rescued from derailed train in Taiwan – Photo: hsnews.com.tw / AP
The accident happened around 9:30 a.m. in a tunnel near the coastal city of Hualien. The eight-car train was traveling from Taipei to the southeastern city of Taitung with 350 passengers on board, rescue workers 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 view of a derailed train in Taiwan – Photo: Emergency Operations Center / AFP Photo via
Taiwan’s Eastern Railway is a major tourist attraction because of its east coast. It passes through many tunnels and bridges, through mountains and canyons before descending through the Huadong Valley.
Rescuers help passengers on a derailed train in Taiwan – Photo: National Fire Department / AP via Photo