Global train accidents with highest fatalities over past decade

Rescue workers at the site where a train derailed inside a tunnel in the mountains of Hualien, Taiwan, on April 2, 2021.
Rescue workers at the site where a train derailed inside a tunnel in the mountains of Hualien, Taiwan, on April 2, 2021.PHOTO: AFP

TAIPEI (REUTERS) - At least 40 people were killed and 72 injured when a Taiwan train derailed in a tunnel on Friday (April 2) after apparently hitting a truck in the island's worst rail disaster in at least four decades.

The following is a list of train accidents around the world with the most fatalities over the past decade:

Oct 31, 2019 (Rahim Yar Khan, Pakistan): At least 75 people killed, 43 injured due to a fire on a passenger train

Sept 5, 2019 (Tanganyika province, Congo):  At least 50 people killed when a passenger train derails

Oct 19, 2018 (Amritsar, India): At least  61 people killed and  77 injured when a train runs into a crowd celebrating a festival

Nov 25, 2016 (Semnan, Iran): Forty-nine people killed, 103 injured when derailed passenger train runs into broken down passenger train

Nov 20, 2016 (Pukhrayan, India): At least 150 people killed, 150 injured when a passenger train derails

Oct 21, 2016 (Eseka, Cameroon): Seventy-nine people killed, 551 injured when a train derails 

July 24, 2013 (Santiago de Compostela, Spain):  At least 80 people killed, 139 injured when a high speed train derails on a curve 

Nov 17, 2012 (Manfalut, Egypt): At least 51 children killed and 17 injured when a school bus is hit by a train

Feb 22, 2012 (Buenos Aires, Argentina):  Fifty-one people killed, more than 700 injured when a train crashes into a buffer stop at a station

July 10, 2011 (Fatehpur, India): Seventy  people killed, more than 300 injured when a mail train derails