TAIPEI – The 408 Taroko Express was carrying many tourists and people heading home at the start of a 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 the capital Taipei to Taitung – had contributed to the high number of casualties, as many were tossed about by the impact.
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