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A train carrying 490 passengers was derailed in a tunnel in eastern Taiwan on Friday morning, killing at least 50 people and injuring more than 60 others. 

According to CNA, the train was en route to Taitung when it came off the rails in a tunnel.

The eight-car train crashed into the walls of the tunnel’s entrance.

Emergency services took at least 69 passengers to several different hospitals to treat injuries.

The train’s driver was among those who died. 

The possible cause of the accident could have been from a vehicle slipping off of the slope nearby and hitting the moving train.

A video shows another vehicle crashed into the train’s side right before the tunnel entrance.

Emergency services responded to the crash and helped the remaining survivors get out of the train.

The crash site was impacted to which many of the crash survivors had to climb to the roof of the train for safety.

“In response to a train derailment in Hualien, Taiwan, our emergency services have been fully mobilized to rescue & assist the passengers & railway staff affected,” Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen tweeted. “We will continue to do everything we can to ensure their safety in the wake of this heartbreaking incident.”

The train crash carried many passengers who were on their way to Taitung for the Tomb Sweeping Day public holiday. 

The event is to honor those who have passed away, and many gather to sweep tombs in respect.

Written ByLauren Akabori

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