Barbra Streisand sends condolences to train crash victims

Barbra Streisand tweeted on Tuesday to express her condolences over the Taroko express accident. (AP)

TAIPEI (The China Post)  — Academy Award-winning actress Barbra Streisand expressed her condolences to the victims of the Taroko express accident and their families in a tweet.

A train collided with an unmanned vehicle that had rolled down a hill on April 2 in eastern Taiwan, leaving 50 people dead and 200 injured in the island’s deadliest rail disaster in decades.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) spokeswoman Joanne Ou (歐江安) thanked the 78-year-old actress on Tuesday while Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) stressed that Taiwan will eventually tide over the difficulties hand in hand.

In response to the death of three foreigners in Taroko’s derailment accident, Ou confirmed that three foreigners, a French man and two Americans, lost their lives in the tragic accident. One Japanese and two Australians were also injured.

Upon receiving the notice, the MOFA immediately notified foreign institutions in Taiwan to get in touch with their families.

The MOFA, together with the Ministry of Transportation and Communications, the Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of Health and Welfare, has provided further assistance to the victims’ families.