Taiwan train crash: Prosecutors investigate nearby construction site - DW News.

Investigations are underway in Taiwan after the country's worst rail disaster in decades. At least 50 people were killed and more than 140 injured when a train smashed into a construction truck that had slid onto the tracks. It happened at the start of Taiwan's four-day Tomb Sweeping holiday. It's a time when families often take the train to return to their hometowns, and pay their respects at the graves of their elders.
The train was packed with nearly 500 hundred people, with many cramming into the aisles without a seat. But just as the train entered a narrow tunnel... it slammed into a truck... tearing the front carriages apart.
Authorities allege the truck from a nearby construction site, slipped onto the tracks after the driver left the handbrake off. Prosecutors have issued an arrest warrant for the construction site manager.
Rescue workers describe a confronting picture of the wreckage.
It's Taiwan's worst rail disaster in decades and the government says flags will fly at half-mast for three days of mourning.
Many of those on board the train were planning to celebrate the long weekend in which many Taiwanese return to their home villages to clean the graves of their elders.
Authorities have begun a strict investigation into the catastrophe.

Subscribe: www.youtube.com/user/deutschewelleenglish?sub_confirmation=1

For more news go to: www.dw.com/en/
Follow DW on social media:
►Facebook: www.facebook.com/deutschewellenews/
►Twitter: twitter.com/dwnews
►Instagram: www.instagram.com/dwnews
Für Videos in deutscher Sprache besuchen Sie: www.youtube.com/dwdeutsch
#Taiwan #TrainCrash #TombSweepingDay

Watch video on channel "DW News"
Indo-Pacific allies seek to curb China’s influence in the region - DW News.

Indo-Pacific allies seek to curb China’s influence in the region - DW News.

Bilateral relations between India and France are in focus during French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian’s three day visit to India. On Tuesday he met Indian Foreign Minister Jaishankar. Both sides are keen to expand co-operation in what’s beco...

Kweichow Moutai: What’s behind China's most valuable company? - DW News.

Kweichow Moutai: What’s behind China's most valuable company? - DW News.

Maotai, the liquor of China’s elite and powerful: The famous brand of Chinese distilled spirit is the preferred drink for high-powered Communist party officials and features regularly in private gatherings. That closeness to the party elite gives ...

The great gap in vaccinations - COVID-19 Special

The great gap in vaccinations - COVID-19 Special

The global vaccination drive is happening at two speeds: Richer countries have plenty of funding and plentiful vaccine-doses. Poorer countries have neither. It could be years before some are fully-vaccinated. Recent setbacks with AstraZeneca and J...

German ICU units fill up with younger COVID-19 patients - DW News.

German ICU units fill up with younger COVID-19 patients - DW News.

Health authorities in Germany are sounding the alarm about the growing number of COVID-19 cases. Today's figures show a huge increase in the seven-day-average to more than 150 confirmed infections per 100,000 people. Hospitals have been pleading w...

What Johnson & Johnson 'pause' means for vaccinations worldwide - DW News.

What Johnson & Johnson 'pause' means for vaccinations worldwide - DW News.

The rollout of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine has been paused in the US, Europe and South Africa after reports of rare blood clotting in a very small number of people. Health authorities said they were halting the use of the shot while they investi...