Celebrities have taken to social media to mourn the deaths of over 50 passengers who were killed in a Taiwan express train accident last Friday morning (Apr 2).
The Taroko Express train, which was reportedly carrying about 500 people, was travelling from Taipei to Taitung when it crashed into a truck and derailed in a tunnel. It is said to be one of Taiwan’s worst rail tragedies in at least 40 years.
Among those who paid tribute to the victims was pop diva A-Mei.
The disaster hits close to the 48-year-old’s heart as she was born in Taitung and usually travels back to her hometown on that very same track.
“I’ve always loved looking at the calming scenery outside the train window whenever I was on this railway that often takes me home, but at the moment, I can’t stop crying while looking at those familiar views on the news,” she wrote on her socials.
“I pray for the victims to rest in peace, I pray for their families to have strength, I pray for a speedy recovery for the wounded, I pray for the brave and hard-working rescuers to have strength, I pray for peace for my homeland.”
Other stars who relayed their sorrow for the victims and left encouraging messages for the rescuers on their accounts include Show Luo, JJ Lin, Rainie Yang, Lin Chiling, Fish Leong, Hannah Quinlivan, Aaron Yan, and many more.
Hongkong actor Chapman To also announced that he will be donating NT$1mil (S$47,000) to the families of the deceased, while Taiwanese YouTuber Holger Chen gave NT$2.5mil (S$118,000) to aid relief efforts.