Taiwan railway clash accounts for more than 45 deaths

In a tragic incident, many people are said to have killed in a railway crash in Taiwan. President Tsai Ing-wen’s office said she had ordered hospitals to prepare for a mass casualty event. 

“The top priority now is to rescue the stranded people,” it said in a statement. The accident occurred on Taiwan’s eastern railway line around 9.30am (8.30am Bangkok) near the coastal city of Hualien. 

Taiwan’s National Fire Agency said at least 48 people were confirmed dead with 66 others sent to hospital. 

“There was a construction vehicle that didn’t park properly and slid onto the rail track,” Hualien county police chief Tsai Ding-hsien told reporters. 

“This is our initial understanding and we are clarifying the cause of the incident,” he added. 

“There was a construction vehicle that didn’t park properly and slid onto the rail track,” Hualien county police chief Tsai Ding-hsien told reporters. 

“This is our initial understanding and we are clarifying the cause of the incident,” he added.

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