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Rescue operations underway for victims in Taiwan train accident

04-29-2011 08:44 BJT

As of 4 p.m. local time Thursday, as many as 107 have been reported injured with 18 in serious condition after the train accident in southern Taiwan. After the accident, reporters and rescue workers rushed to Ali mountain causing a traffic jam in the area. To get the victims to hospital on time, helicopters were used during rescue operations. Taiwan authorities said they will do everything possible to help victim's families come to the island.

Ma Ying-Jeou, Taiwan leader said "A tree fell, and hit the train that was traveling upward. It struck the seventh or eighth carriage, and the train de-railed. We are doing every thing we can to bring victims to hospital as soon as possible."

As rescuers rush victims to hospitals, authorities from both Taiwan and the mainland are working to arrange entry permits for victim's relatives who died in the train accident.

107 injured mainlanders are being treated in five hospitals in Taiwan.

Medical workers are standing by to provide help for new arrivals.

Meanwhile, mainland authorities called on Taiwan to thoroughly examine transport safety standards at tourist sites on the island after a recent spate of accidents involving mainland tourists. Taiwan authorities have announced that train operations have been suspended at Ali Mountain after the accident.

Taiwan authorities have also required insurance companies to help with compensation. 2 million New Taiwan dollars, or about 500-thousand yuan, will be paid to each victim. The injured will get 30 to 200 thousand New Taiwan dollars each, or 7 to 50 thousand Chinese yuan.

But financial compensation seems to be the last thing on people's minds, compared to concerns over travel safety in Taiwan.

Editor:Xiong Qu |Source: CNTV.CN

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