Deadly train crash: Concerns about railway safety and efficiency in Taiwan

The eight-carriage southbound train was carrying four staff members and 492 passengers. PHOTO: EPA-EFE
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TAIPEI - The 408 Taroko Express was carrying many tourists and people heading home at the start of the long-weekend Qing Ming Festival holiday to tend to family graves when it crashed on Friday (April 2) and derailed in a tunnel in eastern Taiwan.

The fact that many people were standing in the crowded train - from Taiwan's capital Taipei to Taitung - had contributed to the high number of casualties, as many were tossed about by the impact.

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