48 Killed as Train Derails Inside Tunnel in Taiwan

0

No fewer than 48 people died on Friday when a train derailed inside a tunnel in eastern Taiwan.

The incident is the island’s worst railway accident in decades.

Taiwan’s National Fire Agency said at least 48 people were confirmed dead with 66 others sent to hospital.

Officials said the accident could have been caused by a maintenance vehicle sliding down an embankment and striking the train before it entered the tunnel near the coastal city of Hualien.

“There was a construction vehicle that didn’t park properly and slid onto the rail track,” Hualien county police chief Tsai Ding-hsien told reporters.

“There was a construction vehicle that didn’t park properly and slid onto the rail track,” Hualien county police chief Tsai Ding-hsien told reporters.

“This is our initial understanding and we are clarifying the cause of the incident,” he added.

President Tsai Ing-wen’s office said she had ordered hospitals to prepare for a mass casualty event.

“The top priority now is to rescue the stranded people,” it said in a statement.

The accident occurred on Taiwan’s eastern railway line around 9:30 am (0130 GMT).

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here