Taiwan train crash: dozens dead after express service derails in tunnel

At least 36 people have died as train carrying 350 crashes near Hualien City at the start of a holiday weekend

Dozens of people have died after a train derailed in a tunnel in eastern Taiwan on the first day of a holiday period, authorities say, in the island’s deadliest rail disaster in decades.

The 408 Taroko Express was carrying about 350 people when derailed on Friday morning at Qingshui tunnel in Huaelien county, the transport ministry said. It said 36 passengers “had no signs of life”, and 44 others had been sent to hospital with injuries.

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