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Taiwan tourist train derails causing 3 carriages to plunge into ravine

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  • Jeremy Rogers <jeremy.rogers1@btinternet
    A tourist train carrying over 100 passengers has derailed on a mountain track in Taiwan s central Chiayi area, local cable television news stations have
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 1, 2003
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      A tourist train carrying over 100 passengers has derailed on a
      mountain track in Taiwan's central Chiayi area, local cable
      television news stations have reported.
      Forestry officials quoted by AFP news agency said eight people were
      killed and another nine injured after three carriages overturned and
      plunged into a ravine.

      The incident happened near Alishan mountain, one of the country's
      most popular tourist destinations, at around 1400 (0600 GMT).

      The train was carrying about 130 people, many of them families
      enjoying a weekend trip, when the incident happened.

      The death toll could rise further as some passengers may be trapped
      in or under the wreckage.

      One witness told TVBS that about 15 people had died and another 30
      were injured.

      Another cable news station, ETV, has shown footage of carriages lying
      among trees in the mountainous terrain.

      The rescue operation was further complicated when a helicopter
      carrying casualties crash-landed.

      One report said six people had been killed in the crash, but defence
      officials denied this.

      Vertiginous route

      One eyewitness, who was not named, told SETN television station that
      the train had been travelling at high speed when it crossed an iron
      bridge and knocked into the side of the mountain.

      The popular alpine train at Alishan weaves its way to and from the
      summit of the mountain along a scenic route sided by sheer drops and
      overhanging rocks.

      http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/2810307.stm

      Jeremy
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