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At 50 dead after train derails in Taiwan tunnel

Updated: Apr 6, 2021

According to reports, the express train was going from the capital city of Taipei to the southeastern Taiwanese city of Taitung on Friday and it crashed inside a tunnel. At least 50 people were reportedly killed and over 150 injured in the accident. ... China claims Taiwan as part of its territory.

The eight-carriage train reportedly hit a construction vehicle that had slipped onto the tracks at the tunnel's mouth.

Rescuers combed badly damaged carriages inside the tunnel to find survivors, some of whom smashed windows to flee.

The train, from the capital Taipei to Taitung, was carrying people travelling for a long-weekend annual holiday.

Many people may have been standing because the train was so full.

The 408 train is one of the fastest deployed on a network that is generally considered safe. It can reach speeds of 130km/h (80mph).

Friday's crash is Taiwan's worst rail disaster in decades. President Tsai Ing-wen has sent her condolences to the families of the victims and ordered an investigation.

image captionSome passengers exited on to the roof to escape

The latest reports from the National Fire Agency say 494 people were on the train, with 50 dead and 66 injured and taken to hospital.

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