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Tzu Chi Mobilised for the Severe Rail Crash Accident in Hualien

In Taiwan, on the first day of the Ching Ming Festival holidays, a construction truck slid from the upper slopes, crashing into a Taroko Express train, causing the train to derail. Tzu Chi volunteers and staff also immediately mobilised to assist and care for the passengers, emergency respondents, or anyone who is affected.


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The 77-years old Dr. Lin Chin-long, the CEO of Tzu Chi Medical Foundation rushes to the crashing site, and provide medical treatment. (Photo provided by Tzu Chi Foundation)

At 9:28 in the morning, April 2, a passenger train crashed and derailed in the tunnel. The Taroko Express train, from Taipei to Taitung, was carrying 490 people travelling for a long weekend of Qing Ming Festival.

The Daqingshui Tunnel is about 23 kilometres north of the Jing Si Abode, the headquarters of Tzu Chi Foundation, and 30 kilometres north of Hualien Tzu Chi Hospital. Upon receiving the news, Tzu Chi Hospital announced the code 9 red for mass casualties.

Tzu Chi volunteers and staff also immediately mobilised to assist and care for the passengers, emergency respondents, or anyone who is affected. They also prepared food, bottled water, multifunction folding beds, tents, and more support.

According to the latest reports from the Central Emergency Operation Centre, 490 people were on the #408 passenger train, with 51 dead and 146 injured.

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The Dharma masters and the volunteers from the Jing Si Abode prepare hot meals for frontliners, passengers, and others. (Photo provided by Tzu Chi Foundation)

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The staff of the Tzu Chi Foundation loads needed materials to a truck. (Photo provided by Tzu Chi Foundation)

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Tzu Chi volunteers pray for the deceased. (Photo provided by Tzu Chi Foundation)


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