Taiwan train accident kills at least 17

Rescuers tend to injured passengers after a train derailed in Yilan
Rescuers tend to injured passengers after a train derailed in Yilan, Taiwan October 21, 2018. Military News Agency/Handout via REUTERS

October 21, 2018

TAIPEI (Reuters) – A train derailment in northeastern Taiwan on Sunday killed at least 17 people and injured 126, government authorities said.

The accident took place on Sunday afternoon in Yilan County near the coast, with several carriages overturned on a railway popular among tourists.

“As of 6.30pm there are 17 dead on site and 126 people injured,” the Taiwan Railways Administration said in a statement, adding that the train had been moving between two stations in Yilan County before the derailment occurred.

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 travelers.

Taiwan’s Central News Agency reported that more than 30 people were still trapped in the train early on Sunday evening.

(Reporting by Jess Macy Yu, Yimou Lee and Taipei bureau; Editing by David Goodman)

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