At least 17 dead, dozens injured after train derails in Taiwan

Blanche Robertson
October 21, 2018

Taiwanese authorities have confirmed that at least 17 people have been killed and more than 120 others injured after a high-speed train derailed in the north east of the country.

All eight carriages came off the tracks and five of them flipped over during the accident in Yilan county, which happened on a line popular among tourists.

The railway administration, citing the fire department, said the 17 people died of cardiac arrest.

The railways administration said there had been 366 people on board the service en route to the southern city of Taitung.

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The train, Puyuma Express 6432, went off the tracks between the Dongshan and Suxin stations in Yilan county, near Taipei, at about 5pm, the semi-official Central News Agency and mass-circulation United Daily News reported. An AFP reporter at the scene said that more bodies were being brought out of the wrecked carriages.

Local television reports said passengers were trying to escape through train windows and that bystanders had gathered to help them before rescuers arrived.

Rescuers tend to injured passengers after a train derailed in Yilan, Taiwan October 21, 2018. More than 20 soldiers had joined firefighters in their rescue work as of 8 p.m.

Authorities are investigating the cause of the derailment.

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