Taiwan suffers worst train accident in decades

A horrific train accident shook Taiwan as it prepared for a festive weekend. At least 50 people perished in the train accident that is the worst such tragedy in decades.

Derailment inside tunnel

The packed train derailed inside a tunnel in eastern Taiwan. Rescue workers can be seen at the site of the accident.

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Human error?

Officials said the accident could have been caused by a maintenance vehicle sliding down an embankment and striking the train before it entered the tunnel. A section of the train is vible in the image above.

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Accident near the coastal city

The accident occurred on Taiwan's eastern railway line around 9.30am (0130 GMT) near the coastal city of Hualien. Part of the train can be seen emerging out of the tunnel.
 

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Many carriages deformed

Between 80 to 100 people were evacuated from the first four carriages of the train, while carriages five to eight have "deformed" and are hard to gain access to.
 

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Accident just around the festive season

The accident occurred at the start of the busy annual Tomb Sweeping festival, a long holiday weekend. The eight-car train was making its way from Taipei to the southeastern city of Taitung and was carrying some 350 passengers.

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