At least 48 people have been killed and 66 injured in a train derailment in the east Taiwan, The most severe train crash on the island in decades.
The accident may have been caused by a maintenance vehicle sliding down a ledge and colliding with a train just before entering a subway near the coastal city. HualianOfficials said.
“A construction vehicle was not parked properly and it skidded on the railroad tracks,” the district police chief told reporters. Hualian, Sai Ding-Hsien.
“This is our first decision and we are trying to clarify the cause of the accident,” he added.
Local media photos taken at the scene show the rear of a yellow flatbed truck that overturned near the train.
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President Sai Ing-wen His office ordered hospitals to be prepared to receive multiple victims. “Helping trapped people is now a priority,” his office said in a statement.
The accident happened at 9:30 a.m. on the east line Taiwan. Images released by local media outlet UTN show the front of the train wrecked inside the tunnel.
The The Red Cross From Taiwan It also released pictures of lifeguards with helmets and flashing lights walking on the roof of a wrecked train inside the subway to reach survivors. (AFP)
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