18 dead after train flips in Taiwan

At least 17 dead 120+ injured in catastrophic train derailment in Taiwan

At least 17 people were killed and 126 injured in the incident

At least 18 people died and 160 were injured when a train derailed in northeastern Taiwan on Sunday, authorities said.

Four carriages were overturned in the crash, which occurred in Yilan County near the coast on a line popular among tourists when all eight cars ran off the tracks, officials said.

The Puyuma express train was travelling from a suburb of Taipei toward Taitung, a city on Taiwan's southeast coast, when it went off the tracks at 4:50pm (local time), the Taiwan central government said in a statement.

Police and emergency services were on the scene immediately, reports detail, tending to the injured and examining the wreckage for signs of more survivors.

An investigation was under way to find out the cause of the accident, Taiwan Railways Administration said.

Hong Kong's broadcaster RTHK reported another passenger saying the train had been preparing to accelerate before overturning and had been shaking intensely, adding that some passengers were asleep at the time of the accident. Five of the cars are turned over on their sides.

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Images from the site showed the Puyuma Express train completely derailed and lying zig-zagged across the track.

When he arrived at the scene he saw local residents helping train passengers to escape.

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

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

The train that derailed had its most recent inspection and major maintenance work in 2017, Taiwan Railways Administration Director Lu Chie-shen said at a televised news conference.

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