Wednesday, 22 May, 2019

Taiwan train: Derailment in Yilan County leaves '17 dead'

At least 17 dead 120+ injured in catastrophic train derailment in Taiwan At least 17 people were killed and 126 injured in the incident
Deanna Wagner | 21 October, 2018, 16:55

Seventeen people were killed and at least 132 others injured on Sunday when one of Taiwan's newer, faster trains derailed on a curve along a popular weekend route, officials said.

"As of 6.30pm there are 17 dead on site and 126 people injured", the Taiwan Railways Administration said in a statement.

The train, a high-speed Puyuma Express 6432 service, was travelling between Taipei and the eastern coastal county of Taitung.

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

More than 300 passengers were on-board and those injured are being treated across four hospitals.

Images from the scene, just south of the city of Luodong, showed the train's eight cars in a zig-zag formation near the tracks.

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

More than 30 people are still trapped in the train as of Sunday evening, according to Taiwan's Central News Agency.

The defence ministry said it had sent in 120 soldiers to help the rescue.

Railway authorities say they are investigating the incident, which happened at about 16:50 local time (08:50 GMT).

A passenger identified only by his surname Ko told Apple Daily he heard sounds that went "pong, pong, pong" before a plume of smoke rose from the tracks.