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Taiwan train derailment: Rescuers work to retrieve final body from the wreckage

CA, 06 Apr 2021
Taiwanese rescuers were trying on Monday to retrieve what is believed to be the last remaining body of a passenger from the wreckage of a deadly train crash last week, as the government said five of the eight carriages had now been removed.

Fifty people have been confirmed killed after a packed express train carrying almost 500 passengers and crew slammed into a truck near the eastern city of Hualien on Friday, causing it to derail and the front end to be crushed. It was the island's worst rail accident in seven decades.

The truck had slid down a sloping road from a building site onto the tracks just outside a tunnel. Officials suspect the truck's brakes were not properly applied and are investigating the manager of the site.

Hualien's fire department said that the remaining body was trapped under a 15-tonne train bogie. It did not provide details on the identity of the passenger.

The government said the fifth carriage had been removed, with the other three expected to be extracted by Tuesday.

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