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Fri Apr 2, 2021, 06:46 AM

Taiwan: Dozens killed as train crashes and derails in tunnel

Source: BBC

At least 48 people have been killed and dozens more injured after a train carrying nearly 500 crashed and then derailed in a tunnel in Taiwan.

The eight-carriage train reportedly hit a construction vehicle that had slipped onto the tracks at the tunnel's mouth.

Rescuers combed badly damaged carriages inside the tunnel to find survivors, some of whom smashed windows to flee.

The train, from the capital Taipei to Taitung, was carrying people travelling for a long-weekend annual holiday.

Read more: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-56612248



The cause of the crash is under investigation, but police said early indications suggested a maintenance vehicle parked incorrectly on a road above the tracks slipped down an embankment, hitting the back carriages of the train. Most of the fatalities were in the rear two carriages, authorities said.
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The driver of the maintenance vehicle was not in it when it slid down the slope, a police spokeswoman said. He was taken to Chongde police station for questioning.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/apr/02/taiwan-train-crash-many-injured-at-start-of-holiday-weekend

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Fri Apr 2, 2021, 10:06 AM

1. Horrific...K and R ...for all to see.

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Original post)

Fri Apr 2, 2021, 10:16 AM

2. Misleading headline.

The train didn't "crash".

It was on the tracks, exactly where it was supposed to be, when the ROAD vehicle crashed into it.

The correct headline would be "Truck crashes into train, killing dozens".

Thanks for posting btw.

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