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.