Dozens killed as train slams into truck on tracks in Taiwan

on a public holiday near the Toroko Gorge scenic area, Taiwan’s deadliest rail disaster. The train was an express heading from Taipei, Taiwan’s capital, to Taitung, a city on the island nation’s southeast coast, the Reuters news agency reported. This is our initial understanding and we are clarifying the cause of the incident.”Local media images from the scene showed the back of a yellow flatbed truck sitting on its side next to the train, AFP added. In 1991, a collision in western Taiwan killed 30 people and injured 112 in its deadliest train accident.Taiwan is a mountainous island, most of whose 24 million people are squeezed onto flatlands along the northern and western coasts. Taiwan’s last major rail crash was in October 2018 when an express train derailed while rounding a tight corner on the northeast coast, killing at least 18 people and injuring nearly 200. Dozens killed as train crashes into truck and partially derails in Taiwan

Updated on: April 2, 2021 / 8:05 AM

Dozens killed in Taiwan train crash

Dozens killed in Taiwan train crash


Taipei, Taiwan — A passenger train smashed into a truck on its tracks and partially derailed just outside a rail tunnel along Taiwan’s east coast on Friday, killing at least 48 people, injuring dozens and leaving dozens trapped, local police said. First published on April 2, 2021 / 2:09 AM In this image made from a video released by, passengers are helped to climb out of a derailed train in Hualien County in eastern Taiwan on April 2, 2021. via AP

There were more than 400 passengers on board the train when it crashed, authorities said. The National Fire Service confirmed the death toll, which included the train’s young, newly married driver, and said all aboard had been accounted for. Agence France-Presse says Hualien County Police Chief Tsai Ding-hsien told reporters the truck was “a construction vehicle that didn’t park properly and slid onto the rail track. More than 100 people were injured, it said. Railways news officer Weng Hui-ping called the crash, which happened around 9 a.m. People walk next to a train that partially derailed near the exit of a tunnel north of Hualien, Taiwan on April 2, 2021. It was packed with tourists and people heading home at the start of the long holiday weekend, Reuters added. Local media said many had been standing because the train was so full, and many were tossed around by the crash. With much of the train still trapped in the tunnel, escaping passengers were forced to scale doors, windows and roofs to reach safety. Trending News

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Television footage and photos posted by people at the scene on the website of the official Central News Agency showed people climbing out the open door of a railcar just outside the entrance to the tunnel. The truck apparently hit after the locomotive had emerged, causing the greatest damage to cars 1-5, according to Hualien County’s rescue department. The lightly populated east is popular with tourists, many of whom arrive along the coastal railway lines to avoid treacherous mountain roads. The accident came on the first day of the four-day Tomb Sweeping Festival. Taiwan National Fire Agency / Handout via Reuters

Reports said a truck fell from a cliff above and landed on the tracks, where a train emerging from a tunnel smashed into it. Survivors were forced to climb out of windows and onto train car roofs to reach safety. Photo released by National Fire Agency shows rescue workers at the site of a partial train derailment in Toroko Gorge in Taiwan’s eastern Hualien region on April 2, 2021.