Taiwan train derailed in tunnel, 34 dead

Taiwan train derailed in tunnel, 34 dead

At least 34 people killed and many injured as a train en route to Taitung derailed inside a tunnel.

According to the Taiwanese transport ministry, at least 72 passengers have been injured and hospitalized.

While many remain trapped, the Central Emergency Operation Center said rescuers were trying to get to four carriages inside the tunnel that were badly damaged and difficult to access.

Taiwan’s Central News Agency reported that cars two and three appeared to have jumped the tracks, and smashed into the tunnel wall.

Preliminary investigations suggest that the train hit a truck belonging to an engineering maintenance team, which had rolled onto the track, Taiwan Railways said.