Tragic Train Accident in Taiwan with 34 Victims

World | April 2, 2021, Friday // 09:26
Bulgaria: Tragic Train Accident in Taiwan with 34 Victims video caption

At least 34 people have died and 72 remain trapped after a train carrying around 350 passengers derailed inside a tunnel in Taiwan.

Taiwan's Central Emergency Operation centre says rescuers are struggling to access four carriages inside the tunnel that are "badly damaged".

The train was making its way from the capital Taipei to the city of Taitung.

Dozens of tourists were said to be onboard, many of whom were celebrating the annual Tomb Sweeping festival.

The train is believed to have derailed at around 09:00 local time. Local media reports say the accident occurred when a maintenance vehicle fell onto its path.

Pictures online showed people in unaffected carriages walking along train tracks with their belongings.

Friday's crash is looking to be the island's worst rail disaster in decades.

Many of those on the train are believed to be tourists celebrating the Tomb Sweeping festival - a time when people visit the graves of friends and family, sprucing them up and making offerings to their spirits.

People typically travel during this time to pay their respects to the dead.

 Local media reports say the train driver is among the dead.

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