At least 48 people have died after a train derailment near the eastern Taiwanese town of Hualien, according to the island’s railway police. According to the source, cited by the Taiwanese news agency CNA, there are also 118 people hospitalized with injuries of varying degrees, adding that no one is trapped in the crashed vehicle.
The train was traveling through the Daqingshui tunnel with about 350 passengers on board at the time of the accident, which occurred around 09:28 local time (01:28 GMT).RELATED
The preliminary conclusion of the Taiwan Railways Administration was that the wrecked train derailed at the entrance of the aforementioned tunnel when it collided with a maintenance vehicle that was badly parked next to the tracks. As a result of this event, several wagons collided with the walls of the tunnel, inside which some of them were trapped.
The Taiwan Railways Administration said normal service on the island’s eastern route is scheduled to resume around 6:00 p.m. local time (10:00 GMT) today. The wrecked vehicle had left Shulin, New Taipei, and was heading for the town of Taitung, in the southeast of the island.