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At least 36 dead in Taiwan train crash

At least 36 people have died after a passenger train smashed into a vehicle on its tracks and partially derailed outside a tunnel in Taiwan.

Dozens more have been injured and survivors climbed out of windows and onto roofs to reach safety in the island’s worst railway disaster in decades.

The crash occurred near the Toroko Gorge scenic area at around 9am on a public holiday, and officials in Hualien county said rescue efforts are continuing. Media reported 350 passengers were on board.

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