Beijing, Apr 2 (EFE) .- At least 36 people “show no signs of life” after the derailment of a train in the vicinity of the eastern Taiwanese town of Hualien, the island’s railway police reported.
According to the source, quoted by the Taiwanese CNA news agency, “these individuals show signs of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.”
Previous information had confirmed the death of at least 4 people.
Likewise, 61 passengers have been hospitalized with injuries of varying degrees, while 72 people remain trapped in the crashed vehicle.
The train was traveling through the Daqingshui tunnel with about 350 passengers on board at the time of the incident, which occurred around 09:28 local time (01:28 GMT).
The preliminary conclusion of the Taiwan Railway Administration was that the wrecked train derailed at the entrance to the aforementioned tunnel when it collided with a maintenance vehicle that was badly parked next to the tracks.
As a result of this event, several wagons collided with the walls of the tunnel, inside which some of them were trapped.
The Taiwan Railways Administration said normal service on the island’s eastern route is scheduled to resume around 6:00 p.m. local time (10:00 GMT) today.
The wrecked vehicle had left Shulin, New Taipei, and was heading for the town of Taitung, in the southeast of the island.
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