At least 17 dead, more than 100 injured after Taiwan train derails

Sergio Conner
October 21, 2018

A train has derailed on a touristy coastal railway in north-eastern Taiwan, killing at least 17 and injuring 126 others, Taiwanese authorities and media said on Sunday (Oct 21).

The National Fire Agency said there had been 310 people on board the service en route to the southern city of Taitung. "They were crushed, so they died right away".

At least six compartments of the train overturned, said Taiwan Railways Administration, according to Apple Daily.

Soldiers were removing bodies and attempting to identify them, Chen added, but nightfall was complicating rescue work.

Photos from the scene just south of the city of Luodong showed the train's eight cars in a zig-zag formation near the tracks. Five of the cars were on their sides.

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The Taiwan Railways Administration confirmed 17 people had been killed and said 132 people had also been injured in the accident in northeastern Yilan county.

Taiwan's central government said that the premier had been notified about the situation, Reuters report.

Authorities are investigating the cause of the derailment.

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

Taiwan has an extensive train network and more than half a million passengers travel on the system every day.

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