Beijing, Apr 3 (EFE) .- The work to remove the wagons from the train tracks that was damaged yesterday in eastern Taiwan will last for a week, after the accident that this Friday left at least 50 dead and 144 injured in various consideration.

The Taiwanese railway operator assured that it would take seven days to remove the damaged wagons, repair the section where the Taroko Express derailed due to the collision with a poorly parked maintenance vehicle and restore service.

According to the Taiwanese news agency CNA, the Government of Taiwan decided that, starting today and for three days, the flags will be flown at half mast as a sign of mourning for the victims.

The source also reported that, of the 144 injured, 69 continue to receive medical treatment in six different hospitals on the island.

Among the fifty dead were the driver and a citizen of French nationality.

The accident, which occurred this Friday at 09:28 local time (01:28 GMT), is the worst of the events in the country in the last four decades, according to the local press.

The train was entering the Daqingshui tunnel heading south with almost half a thousand passengers on board when it derailed as a result of a collision with a railway maintenance vehicle which, not having the handbrake properly applied, slipped down the slope in the one that was parked and fell on the tracks.

(c) EFE Agency

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