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At least 48 dead after train derails in Taiwan

At least 48 people have been killed and another 66 hospitalised after a train derailed near Toroko Gorge in Taiwan while emerging from a tunnel.

The train, reported to have been carrying as many as 350 passengers, allegedly derailed when a truck fell from a cliff and onto the train line.

The crash has been described as the island’s worst rail disaster in at least four decades.

The state of the first four carriages allowed up to 100 people to be rescued; however, carriages five to eight pose difficult accessibility due to the deformed state of the carriages caused by the crash.

It is believed that the truck was not parked properly which caused it to roll off the cliff and onto the tracks.

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