Taiwanese train derailment kills at least 4 people, many injured

Taipei — Derailed after a train crashed into a truck in a tunnel in eastern Taiwan on Friday. At least four people were killed and more than 20 were injured as rescue teams struggled to reach the crushed vehicle.

The fire department said in a statement that the train to Taitung had deviated from the tunnel tracks just north of Hualien and some vehicles had hit the tunnel wall.

It is believed that at least four people have died, three seriously injured have been sent to the hospital, and about 20 slightly injured are waiting to go to the hospital.

The train carries about 350 people and rescue operations are underway, the agency said.

He added that 80-100 people were evacuated from the first four cars of the train, but five to eight cars were “deformed” and difficult to access.

“Are everyone in car 4?” In the image provided by the fire department, you can hear a woman screaming from inside the tunnel.

The Central News Agency said it suspected that “improperly parked” trucks had slipped into the train path. The fire department showed a picture of what looks like the wreckage of a truck next to some of the derailed trains.

“Our train crashed into a truck,” said a man in a video broadcast on Taiwan television, showing a photo of the wreckage. “The truck has fallen.”

According to Taiwan’s railway administration, the front of the train was outside the tunnel, and people in vehicles still inside the tunnel were safely guided.

An image of the crash site shows a carriage in a tunnel collapsing and torn from the impact, passengers tilting their suitcases and bags into a derailed carriage, and others walking along a railroad track littered with debris. I am.

The accident occurred at the beginning of a long weekend of traditional Qingming Festival.

The east coast of Taiwan’s mountainous regions is a popular tourist destination.

In 2018, a train derailed in northeastern Taiwan, causing the island’s worst rail disaster in more than 30 years, killing 18 people and injuring 175.

Ben Blanchard