St Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Dr. Ralph E. Gonsalves has reached out to the President, Government and People of the Republic of China on Taiwan following the deadly train derailment that occurred on April 2, 2021 on the Eastern Side of the Country.
In a release from Ralph Gonsalves official Facebook Page said: “I am deeply saddened to learn of the terrible accident involving the derailment of a Train in the Republic of China (Taiwan). In these tragic and difficult circumstance, the Government and people of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines offer our prayers, support and solidarity to the families of those who died or were injured. I am confident that the strength and determination of the Nation will rise to the occasion and get through these most heart-rending times. Be strong my dear friend.”
Another release from Embassy of SVG, Republic of China (Taiwan) in Taipei said: “The Embassy of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Republic of China (Taiwan) extends sincerest condolences to the government and people of the Republic of China (Taiwan) on the occurrence of the horrific and heartrending train derailment that took place at Hualien today.”
The release further went on to say “we pray that there are not further fatalities and we remain hopeful about the recovery of the injured. Today we are all impacted by this tragedy”.
The St Vincent and the Grenadines Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade said via their Facebook Page that: “the Ministry and by extension the Government and People join with our Embassy in extending condolences to the Government and people of Taiwan on the fatal casualties from the horrific occurrence of a train derailment in Hualien today. Our prayers are with our bilateral friends as they navigate through this dreadful crisis”.
The accident occurred at 9:28 a.m. Friday, when a Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) Taroko Express hit a crane truck on the track near the entrance to the Qingshui Tunnel in Hualien County.
The first five carriages of the train derailed and piled up inside the narrow, single-track tunnel, killing 51 people and injuring 200.
The ill-fated train, which had set off from Shulin Station in New Taipei at 7:16 a.m., was bound for Taitung County in southeastern Taiwan, carrying 494 passengers and a crew of four, according to the CEOC.
Investigators are looking into the possibility that the crane truck, which had been parked on a hill above the track, slid down the incline and fell onto the track because its parking brake was not properly engaged, either as a result of mechanical failure or human negligence, the center said.
It is Taiwan’s worst train crash in seven decades.