17 dead after train flips in Taiwan, injuries 132 people

Several carriages flipped during the accident in Yilan County

Image Several carriages flipped during the accident in Yilan county

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.

At least 22 people have died after an express train derailed and flipped over on a popular coastal tourist route in Taiwan today, the island's worst rail accident for more than 20 years. "Their train vehicle turned over".

Taiwan's national fire agency cited the cabinet spokesman's office as saying 18 people were killed and 160 injured. Five of the cars are turned over on their sides.

Taiwan's central government said that rescue services were at the scene and that the premier had been notified and was highly concerned over the safety of the travellers.

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

Authorities have launched an investigation into the cause of the derailment.

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The train had been carrying 366 people with more than 30 still trapped on board.

Soldiers have been removing bodies to identify them, he added, but nightfall was complicating rescue work.

One passenger told Apple Daily Taiwan that the train had been shaking during the journey.

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

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

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