At least 34 people have died in a tragic accident as a train carrying around 350 passengers derailed inside a tunnel in Taiwan.
The train was carrying people traveling from the capital Taipei to Taitung. People were traveling for the annual Tomb Sweeping Festival. Many people may have been standing as the train’s capacity was full.
Seventy passengers remain trapped in the train and dozens have gotten injured. Rescuers are working to access several badly damaged carriages inside the tunnel.
According to the local media sources, the eight-carriage train hit a construction vehicle that had slipped onto the tracks.
The incident had occurred at about 09:00 local time. Local media says the train driver has also died. But the reason behind the accident is still not known.
Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen issued a statement saying “rescuing those trapped is our highest priority now”.
One female survivor told local media, “It felt like there was a sudden violent jolt and I found myself falling to the floor,” “We broke the window to climb to the roof of the train to get out.”
Earlier in March, two passenger trains collided in Egypt’s Sohag province, killing 32people and multiple injuries were reported.
According to the reports, in the incident that took place on Friday, the bogies of the trains collided with each other, while in the video that appeared on social media after the incident, it can be seen that the passengers are trapped in the trains.