17 killed, 126 hurt in train derailment accident in Taiwan

Frederick Owens
October 21, 2018

A train derailment in northeastern Taiwan on Sunday killed at least 17 people and injured 80, government authorities said.

Video footage from the crash site shows several carriages overturned on a coastal railway in Yilan County, an area popular among tourists.

It is unclear how many people were still trapped in the train, said the spokesman.

Lu said the cause of the accident was still being investigated.

The Puyuma express train was carrying more than 366 passengers from a suburb of Taipei toward Taitung, a city on Taiwan's southeast coast, when it went off the tracks at 4:50pm, the Taiwan central government said in a statement.

"Their train vehicle turned over. They were crushed, so they died right away", Chen said, adding that soldiers have been removing bodies to identify them but nightfall was complicating rescue work.

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The Taiwan Railway Administration said earlier that the death toll had risen to 22 but later found that "four additional deaths" were double calculation at hospitals.

Rescuers tend to injured passengers after a train derailed in Yilan, Taiwan October 21, 2018.

All of the train's eight carriages had derailed and five had flipped onto their side at Xinma station, the railways administration said.

Yilan County Fire Department have been dispatched to the scene and instructed to continue searching for more people killed or potentially still trapped in the wreckage. About 120 soldiers joined firefighters in the rescue work.

When he arrived at the scene he saw local residents helping train passengers to escape.

President Tsai Ing-wen described the accident as a "major tragedy" in a Tweet Sunday evening.

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