Train derails in eastern Taiwan, at least four dead

The eight-car train was making its way from Taipei to the southeastern city of Taitung and was carrying some 350 passengers, the rescue centre said.

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A packed train derailed inside a tunnel in eastern Taiwan on Friday with at least four passengers confirmed to be dead.The Central Emergency Operation Center added rescuers were trying to get to four carriages inside the tunnel that were badly damaged and difficult to access.At least 15 people have been sent to hospital, the centre added.The accident occurred on Taiwan’s eastern railway line around 9.30am (0130 GMT) near the coastal city of Hualien.

The eight-car train was making its way from Taipei to the southeastern city of Taitung and was carrying some 350 passengers, the rescue centre said.The accident occurred at the start of the busy annual Tomb Sweeping festival, a long holiday weekend when Taiwan’s roads and railways are usually packed.Taiwan Railways Administration issued a separate statement saying “many” were without signs of life, citing the local fire department.

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