Taiwan train crash kills at least 48 in tourist region

On Friday (2), a Taiwan express train carrying nearly 500 people left the tracks while passing through a tunnel, killing at least 48 people. Another 66 people were injured in the crash, already considered the island’s biggest rail disaster in decades.

The tragedy took place north of the city of Hualien on the east coast of Taiwan, a tourist region. Tourists, the train driver and returning passengers were killed for the start of a long, traditional feast, during which it is customary to tend the graves of family members.

Local press claims several people were traveling on foot as the train was overbooked which made the impact even greater – passengers were violently thrown at the time of the crash.

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