The President of Taiwan, Tsai Ing-wen, visited those who were injured in Friday’s train derailment, the deadliest rail accident in the country since 1948. Over 140 people were injured and 50 died. Among the dead are the conductor and his assistant.
The President also offered her condolences to the families of those who passed away.
“We are deeply grateful to the medical personnel taking care of everyone affected by this tragedy.”
According to Taiwan News, a reported 350 passengers were aboard a Taroko Express train that departed from Shulin, New Taipei City, with Taitung as its destination. In the morning the train was about to enter the Daqingshui tunnel in Xiulin, Hualien County, a construction vehicle parked on a slope above the track rolled down just in time to be hit by the speeding vehicle, according to a preliminary investigation.
Condolences have been pouring from many parts of the world. Prime Minister of Saint Kitts and Nevis Timothy Harris says they mourn the tragic loss of life.
The Prime Minister of Belize, Johnny Briceño says they are saddened by the train accident.
Czech Senator Milos Vystrcil also offered his condolences.