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Taiwan's transport minister offers resignation after dozens killed in train crash

April 4, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Taiwan's transportation minister Lin Chia-lung has offered to resign after a deadly train crash Friday killed at least 51 people and left scores more injured according to the country's state run Central News Agency (CNA).

(CNN)Taiwan's transportation minister Lin Chia-lung has offered to resign after a deadly train crash Friday killed at least 51 people and left scores more injured according to the country's state run Central News Agency (CNA).

Lin offered his verbal resignation in a phone call Sunday with Taiwan's premier Su Tseng-chang, CNA reported, saying he wished to step down and take responsibility for the accident.

The busy passenger train was carrying 490 people to the country's Taitung region on Friday morning, when it derailed in a tunnel in eastern Taiwan.

The train driver is among the dead, according to Taiwan's fire department.

One couple on the train told CNA they were on their way to Taitung to sweep tombs and pay their respects to deceased family members, as is traditional for the event.

The train was so full that many people were standing, they said.

Taiwan's mountainous east coast is a popular tourist destination and the crash occurred just east of the picturesque Taroko National Park.

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