Taiwan, scary train accident: victims and injured

A frightening train accident a Taiwan caused dozens of deaths. According to the latest police update, at least 41 people have died. But the balance it could be much worse because there are dozens of injured. Rescue is underway and 66 people have already been pulled from the first carriages and transferred to five nearby hospitals, while there are 72 people still trapped in the carriages. The incident occurred around 9:30 am (in the middle of the Italian night) north of the coastal city of Hualien. The train, consisting of eight carriages, was heading from Taipei to the city of Taitung, in the south-eastern part of the island and was packed, at least 350 passengers on board: it is derailed inside a tunnel, he got off the tracks and some carriages crashed into the wall. The accident would have been caused by a construction medium which was not parked properly on a nearby slope. The railway disaster, the most serious in Taiwan in the past three decades, coincides with the first day of public holidays of the Feast of the Cleaning of the Tombs, which lasts for four days. The last serious train accident on the island dates back to 2018, when 18 people died in the north-east and another 175 were injured. The Eastern Taiwan Railway Line is also a tourist attraction because it runs along the less inhabited and more spectacular coast of the island: a route that winds through tunnels and bridges between spectacular mountains and gorges and then descends to the Huadong Valley.

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