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At least 48 people have been killed and dozens injured in a train crash in Taiwan

At least 48 people were killed and dozens injured when a train derailed inside a tunnel. Taiwan Friday.

Authorities say 66 people have been hospitalized as the island has been facing its worst train disaster in decades.

Taiwan’s Red Cross said it was on display Helps to free passengers Crashed.

“Our emergency services are fully mobilized to rescue and assist the affected passengers and railway staff,” said Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen. Said on Twitter.

“We will continue to do everything we can to ensure their safety in the aftermath of this heartbreaking incident.”

Pictures of the crash scene Some vehicles have avoided impact, others have crashed, and rescuers are obstructing the reach of passengers.

Photographs showed passengers being safe from windows and train sides as rescue efforts continued at the crash site north of Julian in eastern Taiwan.

This manual, taken and published by the Taiwan Red Cross on April 2, 2021, shows rescue crews at the site of a train derailment in a tunnel in the Julian Mountains of eastern Taiwan.HANDOUT / AFP – Getty Images

The train had 8 carriages, carrying about 350 people, and the fire department planned to pick up several tourists and people heading home at the start of the long holiday weekend.

The accident happened on the first day of the annual burial ceremony, which lasts four days and people go to their hometowns to pay their respects to their ancestors’ graves and gather with family.

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Taroko Express Service The capital is Taipei Arrived while part of the tunnel was off the rails to the southeast coast of the country and hit the tunnel walls after colliding with a truck that fell off the road from a nearby construction site.

The official Central News Agency suspects the truck slipped off the sloping road outside the subway and onto the train tracks. The fire department showed a picture of what appeared to be the wreckage of a truck next to a derailed train.

In a video on Taiwan TV, someone said, “Our train collided with a truck.” “The truck fell down.”

Taiwan is a mountainous island, with most of its 24 million people squeezed into the flat lands on the north and west coasts. It is popular among Eastern tourists with a light population, many of whom come on coastal railroads to avoid the treacherous mountain roads.

The railway line from Taipei on the east coast is famous for its tunnels and tracks, which line the coast north of Hualien, where the accident took place.

Taiwan’s comprehensive rail system has undergone significant improvements in recent years, especially with the addition of a high-speed line connecting the capital, Taipei, with cities in the south.

State-owned railways are generally reliable and efficient, but have had a safety record for many years.

In 2018, 18 people were killed and 175 injured when a train derailed in the northeast of the island. In 1981, 30 people were killed in a collision north of it, and in 1991, 30 people were killed in a train crash.

Associated Press Contributed.