Taiwan leader pledges to help train crash victims

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen expressed her sympathy to families of the victims of the deadliest train accident in seven decades on Saturday and thanked all those involved in the rescue work.

The crash, which killed at least 50 people and injuring hundreds others, occured after an express train hit a truck that slid down a bank next to the track from a construction site. Taiwanese prosecutors have sought an arrest warrant for the construction site manager of the truck.

"This distressing accident caused heavy casualties. I came to Hualien today to visit our wounded and express my sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims," Tsai told reporters at the Hualien Armed Forces General Hospital.

Workers on Saturday began moving the back part of the train, which was relatively undamaged having come to a stop outside the tunnel, down the track and away from the site of the accident.

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TSAI ING-WEN: [NON-ENGLISH SPEECH]

INTERPRETER: This distressing accident caused heavy casualties. I came to Hualien today to visit our wounded and express my sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims. We will definitely do our best to help with the funerals. At present, the hospitals are also doing their best to provide the best care to the injured.

TSAI ING-WEN: [NON-ENGLISH SPEECH]

INTERPRETER: After the accident happened yesterday, we received condolences from governments around the world. I would like to thank the international community for their concern for Taiwan. Finally, I would like to thank all the people involved in the rescue work. The enterprises, civil organizations, and public wholeheartedly provided their assistance.