Updated Apr 2, 2021 - World

At least 50 killed after train derails in Taiwan

An aerial view of workers repairing damaged rail tracks after a train derailed in eastern Taiwan on April 2.

An aerial view of workers repairing damaged rail tracks after a train derailed in eastern Taiwan on April 2. Photo: Sam Yeh/AFP via Getty Images

A train in Taiwan derailed Friday when it hit an unmanned vehicle that rolled onto the track, leaving at least 50 dead and dozens of others injured, AP reports.

The big picture: It's believed to be the deadliest rail disaster in Taiwan's history. The crash came on the first day of the Tomb Sweeping Festival, a four-day holiday weekend in which people frequently travel home to see relatives and pay respects at the graves of their ancestors, per AP. The train was carrying more than 400 people.

Editor's note: This story has been updated throughout.

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