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Taiwan derails train: four dead feared as rescuers struggle to reach crashed wagons

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A train derailed in a tunnel in eastern Taiwan on Friday after apparently colliding with a truck, killing at least four and injuring more than 20, as rescuers struggled to reach crashed wagons, the police said. firefighters.

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The train, which was on its way to Taitung, derailed in a tunnel just north of Hualien, causing some cars to crash against the tunnel wall, firefighters said in a statement.

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At least four people are believed to have died, three seriously injured people have been sent to hospital and around 20 slightly injured people are waiting to go to hospital, he said.

The train was carrying around 350 people and rescue efforts are underway, the department said.

Between 80 and 100 people were evacuated from the first four cars of the train, while cars 5 to 8 “buckled” and are difficult to access, he added.

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