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.