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Taiwan train derailment: Death toll reaches 48

Taiwan express train with almost 500 people aboard derailed in a tunnel on Friday (April 2), killing at least 48 passengers and injuring 66.

The train was travelling from Taipei, the capital, to the southeastern city of Taitung. It came off the rails after hitting a truck that had slid off a road from a nearby construction site.

Many people were standing as the train was crowded and were tossed about by the crash impact. The local authorities informed that all the passengers trapped inside the partially derailed train were rescued.

The accident came at the beginning of a long weekend for the traditional Tomb Sweeping Day holiday.

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