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University of Iowa graduate killed in Taiwan train crash

Senéad Short
Senéad Short

IOWA CITY, Iowa (KWWL) -- The University of Iowa says a 2018 graduate was among those killed in a train derailment last week in Taiwan.

The Hawkeye community is remembering Iowa City native Senéad Short. She graduated with a BA with University Honors and With Distinction in international studies and a minor in French.

"Our thoughts are with Senéad’s family and friends and we offer condolences to all of those who lost loved ones in Friday’s accident," the University said.

The passenger train Short was riding on was carrying nearly 500 people. It smashed into a truck on its tracks and partially derailed in Hualien County on April 2. In total, 50 people died and 202 were injured, according to Taiwan's Central Emergency Operation Center (CEOC).

Short was a 2020 Fulbright award winner. With her Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship Award to Taiwan, she was teaching English in Taipei and offering dance and art lessons to children in the community.

"It is never easy to lose a friend and fellow Hawkeye and we encourage those who may need support to connect with others and seek out resources," the University wrote.


The University said students can schedule an appointment with University Counseling Service at 319-335-7294 or by visiting:

Faculty and staff members needing support should contact Faculty and Staff Services Employee Assistance Program at 319-335-2085 or They can also call CommUnity's (formerly Johnson County Crisis Center) 24-hour crisis line at 319-351-0140.

Additional resources can be found on the University's safety and support website:

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