Train accidents happened in Taiwan and the Czech Republic

A train crash in Taiwan killed 54 people, 32 were hospitalized. The tragedy occurred as a result of a passenger train crash in the afternoon, on April 2, in a tunnel near the city of Hualien, reports railway magazine Railway Supply with reference to Raport Kolejowy

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For a preliminary reason, the railcars went off the rails after a collision with a truck that drove off the hill onto the train due to the fact that the driver forgot to apply the hand brake. The situation was aggravated by the fact that this happened at the entrance to the tunnel.

In total, there were over 350 passengers on board. The derailed train consisted of 8 cars, the last four of which were severely deformed as a result of the accident. Most people died in carriages numbered 7 and 8.

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It is noted that the express departed on the first day of a long weekend, in anticipation of the traditional Chinese holiday Qingming Jie (Day of the Dead), which is celebrated on April 5. Therefore, the train was overcrowded.

It is Taiwan’s worst train tragedy since 2018, when 18 people died and 175 were injured as a train derailed.

Another train disaster happened last weekend in the Czech Republic, on the line Usti nad Labem – Chomutuv. As a result of a head-on collision of two freight trains, the driver was killed. The preliminary cause of the tragedy is driving through a red light.

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