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BREAKING: 17 dead, 100+ injured in Taiwan train derailment

2018-10-21
  • Derailed train

    Derailed train

    Some 17 passengers are dead and more than a hundred others injured after Puyuma Express train #6432 derailed in Yilan County, eastern Taiwan on Sunday afternoon. (CNA photo)

At least 17 people are dead and more than 100 others injured following a train derailment in eastern Taiwan.

 

Puyuma Express #6432 was traveling through the northeastern Yilan County when the accident occured at about 4:50pm near Hsinma Train Station. Five of the eight cars on the train derailed, some ending up more than 30 meters from the tracks.

 

Passengers on the train report hearing a loud noise, saying that the cars derailed and tipped over after the train rounded a bend. They say the cars slid for more than 80 meters, sending up a spray of sparks before coming to a stop.

 

Taiwan’s rail authority immediately set up an emergency team to handle the rescue efforts. President Tsai Ing-wen has also ordered relevant authorities to spare no effort in dealing with the aftermath.

 

Rescue workers were continuing to look for signs of life at the site as night fell. It's unclear how many people are listed as missing.