Taiwan train crash: at least 41 killed, dozens injured: reports

Taiwan train crash: at least 41 killed, dozens injured: reports


Rescue teams in Taiwan responded to a train derailment on its scenic east coast on Friday that killed at least 41 people and prompted dozens of passengers to crawl out windows to safety, reports said.

The crash left dozens more injured and up to 200 people could still be trapped, BBC News reported.

The Associated Press reported that the crash happened around 9 a.m. on Friday near Toroko Gorge. There were reportedly 350 passengers on board, many of whom were traveling for the four-day tomb sweeping festival.

In this image taken from a video posted by hsnews.com.tw, ​​passengers are helped out of a derailed train in Hualien County, eastern Taiwan, Friday, April 2, 2021 ( hsnews.com.tw via AP)

In this image taken from a video posted by hsnews.com.tw, ​​passengers are helped out of a derailed train in Hualien County, eastern Taiwan, Friday, April 2, 2021 ( hsnews.com.tw via AP)

The AP reported that a truck fell off a cliff and landed directly in front of the tunnel. The train crashed into the truck while emerging. The New York Times, citing Taiwan Railroad Police, reported that around 72 people were injured.

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Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen said a number of people are trapped, according to the BBC.

“Emergency rescue mechanisms have been put in place for the sick and injured. Rescuing those trapped is our top priority now,” she said.

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