Dozens of people could die after a train carrying about 350 passengers derailed in a tunnel in Taiwan.
Taiwan’s Central Emergency Operations Center says rescuers are having a hard time accessing four vehicles in a “badly damaged” tunnel.
More than 72 people have been injured, according to Reuters.
The accident occurred at the beginning of the annual Qingming Festival. This is usually a busy time.
Online photos show people in unaffected carriages walking along the railroad tracks with their belongings.
An unidentified female survivor told UDN in Taiwan, “I felt like there was a sudden and violent shock and realized I was lying on the floor.”
“We broke the window and climbed up and down the train roof.”
According to Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, many people are still trapped in the train.
“There was an accident in the Hualien tunnel this morning,” she said in a statement.
“Emergency rescue mechanisms have been set up for the sick and injured. Rescue of trapped people is now our number one priority.”
Reuters, citing the fire department, said up to 100 people had been evacuated from four train cars.
Qingming Festival, also known as Tomb Cleaning Day, is usually the time when people visit the tombs of friends and family to cheer them up and dedicate them to their spirits.
People usually travel during this time to pay homage to the dead.
This is a developing story.