21 OCTOBER 2018
At least 18 dead after train derailed in Taiwan's worst rail disaster in decades
A train derailed along a touristy coastal railway in north-eastern Taiwan on Sunday (Oct 21), killing at least 18 and injuring some 170 others in the island's deadliest rail accident in 27 years, Taiwanese authorities and media said. The train, Puyuma Express 6432 with 366 passengers on board, went off the tracks between the Dongshan and Suxin stations in Yilan county, near Taipei, at 4.50pm, Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) said. As of 10.30pm at least 18 people were dead while 168 others were injured, of whom 10 were in serious condition. At least one of those hurt was a foreigner, a 43-year-old American woman who was hospitalised with minor injuries, according to United Daily News. The authorities were checking whether other foreigners were aboard the train, which was travelling from Taipei’s Shulin station to the eastern coastal county of Taitung, TRA said. An estimated 30 to 40 passengers were initially reported to be trapped in the wreckage. By 9.30pm all 366 passengers, dead or alive, had been removed or accounted for, TRA said. Source
19 OCTOBER 2018
AMRITSAR: 50+ DEAD AS TRAIN MOWS DOWN PAGANS DURING HINDU FESTIVAL OF DUSSHERA.
Amritsar: Scores dead as train mows down crowd
More than 50 people have been killed and 200 hurt after a train ran into a crowd near Amritsar in India's northern Punjab state, police told the BBC. The victims were standing on the railway tracks watching celebrations for the Hindu festival of Dusshera, eyewitnesses told BBC Punjabi. They did not hear the train approach as they watched a firecracker-filled effigy of the demon king Ravana burn. Officials said the priority now was to take the injured to local hospitals. Footage posted to social media showed the fast-travelling train hitting the crowd. The incident happened at about 18:30 local time (13:00 GMT), said local journalist Ravinder Singh Robin. Just moments before, crowds watching the firecrackers show were asked by organisers to move back - towards the railway tracks, reports say. The train that hit the crowds was travelling from Jalandhar to Amritsar. Source
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