Hualien train derailment

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The train in the accident

On 2 April 2021, at 09:28 NST (01:28 UTC), a Taroko Express train operated by the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) derailed at the north entrance of Qingshui Tunnel in Heren Section, Xiulin Township, Hualien County, Taiwan. It killed at least 51 people and injured more than 202 others.[1][2]

At the time of the accident, the train was carrying 488 passengers.[3] The eight-carriage train derailed in a tunnel north of Hualien City, after crashing with a construction truck which fell off the bridge above it.

Reactions[change | change source]

In the home page of Google Taiwan, It has added the picture of black ribbon in the search bar on 3 April to symbloize the mourning of the deaths in this issue.[4]

Taiwan - Republic of China[change | change source]

Since 3 April, Executive Yuan will half-mast for 3 days to mourn for the deaths in this accident.[5][6][7]

Foreign reactions[change | change source]

Hong Kong

Hong Kong artist Chapman To announced to donate 1 million New Taiwan dollar to the families of the dead people.[8][9] Hong Kong political scientist and columnist Simon Shen donated 1 million New Taiwan dollar to Taiwan government by his firm in Taiwan.[10]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Passenger train carrying 490 derails in Taiwan, killing at least 50 and injuring dozens". CNN. 2021-04-02. Retrieved 2021-04-02.
  2. Amy Qin; Amy Chang Chien (1 April 2021). "Taiwan Train Derails in Tunnel, Killing at Least 1 Person". The New York Times. Retrieved 2 April 2021.
  3. Chang Chi; Lu Tai-cheng; Frances Huang (2 April 2021). "Multiple passengers reported with 'no vital signs' in train derailment". Taipei. Focus Taiwan. Retrieved 2 April 2021.
  4. 旖婕, 施 (2021-04-03). "【台鐵出軌】悼念50罹難者 Google頁面顯示黑絲帶" (in Chinese). Retrieved 2021-04-03.
  5. 明起全國降半旗3天 悼台鐵半世紀來最慘重傷亡 中時新聞網
  6. 聯合新聞網 (2021-04-03). "追悼台鐵花蓮50死慘劇 全國今起降半旗3天 | 聯合新聞網:最懂你的新聞網站". 聯合新聞網 (in Chinese). Retrieved 2021-04-03.
  7. "台鐵出軌釀50人死亡 今起全國降半旗3天表示哀悼". 台視新聞網 (in Chinese). 2021-04-03. Retrieved 2021-04-03.
  8. 頭條日報. "【Kelly Online】台鐵太魯閣號出軌 杜汶澤捐27萬港元予死者家屬". 頭條日報 Headline Daily (in Chinese). Retrieved 2021-04-03.
  9. "【台鐵列車出軌】杜汶澤捐百萬台幣予死者家屬 感謝台灣人過去支持香港" (in Chinese). The Stand News. 2021-04-02. Archived from the original on 2021-04-02. Retrieved 2021-04-03.
  10. "【台鐵出軌】沈旭暉捐百萬台幣予受難者家屬 籲港人捐款 「幫過港人值得信任的政府其實不多」". Stand News. 2021-04-03. Archived from the original on 2021-04-03. Retrieved 2021-04-04.