Dozens killed in Taiwan’s worst rail disaster in decades
CA, 02 Apr 2021
Dozens of people were killed when a Taiwan express train with almost 500 passengers aboard derailed in a tunnel on Friday, in what is said to be the island’s worst rail disaster in almost four decades.
The train, travelling from Taipei, the capital, to the southeastern city of Taitung, came off the rails north of the eastern city of Hualien after apparently hitting a truck that had slid off a road from a nearby construction site.
The official Central News Agency said police had taken the driver of the truck in for questioning.
The Train was carrying travelers home at the start of a traditional holiday to tend family graves. Media reports said many people were standing because the train was so crowded, and were tossed by the crash impact.
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