At least four people have reportedly been killed and some two dozen injured after a train derailed in eastern Taiwan, with multiple cars coming off their tracks and careening into a tunnel wall, local officials say.
Carrying around 350 passengers, the train derailed outside the town of Hualien on Friday morning, Reuters reported, citing a local fire department. In addition to the four reported fatalities, some 23 others sustained injuries, three of whom were brought to hospital in serious condition.
The locomotive was on its way to Taitung, a city located near Taiwan’s east coast. Photos and footage of the aftermath of the crash have circulated online, showing the train sitting off its tracks, as well as debris scattered around the scene. Passengers were also seen regrouping in the area following the smash-up.
#BREAKING A train carrying about 350 passengers derailed inside a tunnel in Hualien, China’s Taiwan on Friday, with authorities confirming that at least four passengers appeared to be dead and more than 20 injured, according to local media. A rescue mission is underway. pic.twitter.com/EBJSlqYmWg
— People’s Daily app (@PeoplesDailyapp) April 2, 2021
With rescue efforts ongoing, the fire department noted that between 80 and 100 passengers were evacuated from the train’s first four cars, but said several carriages remained difficult to access, as they were “deformed” in the crash.