Taiwan train crash kills at least 36 people, leaves dozens injured

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At least 36 people were killed and dozens more were injured when a train derailed in a tunnel north of Hualien in eastern Taiwan on Friday after apparently colliding with a truck.
At least 36 people were killed and dozens more were injured when a train derailed in Taiwan on Friday after apparently colliding with a truck.

The train was carrying around 350 people, the country's fire department said, thought to include many tourists and people heading home at the start of a long holiday weekend.

The crash is the island's worst rail disaster in decades.

"Our emergency services have been fully mobilized to rescue & assist the passengers & railway staff affected," President Tsai Ing-wen said on Twitter.

"We will continue to do everything we can to ensure their safety in the wake of this heartbreaking incident."

Images of the crash scene show some carriages inside the tunnel ripped apart from the impact, while others crumpled, hindering rescuers reaching passengers.

Photos showed passengers…
Max Burman, Reuters, The Associated Press
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