Mon, May 13, 2002 - Page 2 News List

UK's railway catastrophe claims three Taiwanese

AFP , TAIPEI

A Taiwanese woman television reporter and a former colleague were killed in Friday's train crash outside London and another of their friends is brain-dead, officials here said.

"The British police have identified one of the victims as Lin Chia-hsin (林家欣)," foreign ministry spokeswoman Katharine Chang (張小月) told reporters yesterday.

Lin, formerly a reporter of Taiwan's China Television Co, recently completed a master's degree in Britain and had been scheduled to return to Taiwan by the end of this month.

Local cable TV network TVBS said the second Taiwanese victim was one of its reporters, Wu Chia-ching (巫佳靜), and the critically injured one was Liu Hai-juo (劉海若), who used to work for TVBS and is now an anchor of the Hong Kong-based Phoenix satellite TV station.

"Both Wu and Liu had travelled to Britain to visit Lin," TVBS said.

The foreign ministry spokeswoman said British doctors had diagnosed Liu as being brain-dead. The foreign ministry had notified all of the women's families, she said.

Kuo Jen-chieh (郭人杰), head of China Television's news department, said his colleagues "were shocked and saddened" by Lin's death. He said she had been a devoted and popular reporter.

A total of seven people were killed and dozens others injured.

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