18 dead, 187 injured in Taiwan train derailment

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Photo taken on Oct. 21, 2018 shows the rescuing site of the train derailment accident in Yilan County, southeast China's Taiwan. [Photo/Xinhua]

Eighteen people died and another 187 were injured after a passenger train derailed in Taiwan earlier on the afternoon of Oct. 21, according to the island's railway authority.

Two female passengers from the Chinese mainland were among the injured. One aged 44 and surnamed Yao remained in critical condition. The other, aged 55 and surnamed Tan, was slightly injured and has been discharged from hospital.

The Puyuma Express No. 6432 bound for Taitung from Shulin Station with 366 passengers on board derailed at 4:50 p.m. at Xinma Station, Yilan County. Seventeen people were declared dead before being sent to hospital.

All eight carriages of the express train derailed, with three of them overturned. The cause of the derailment is still under investigation.

Rescuers work at the train derailment site in Yilan County, southeast China's Taiwan, Oct. 21. [Photo/Xinhua]

The accident, the worst of Taiwan railways in more than three decades, happened on a popular line along the island's east coast. Train services were partially resumed Monday morning.

The injured passengers were rushed to four local hospitals for treatment.

The Puyuma Express has an operational maximum speed of 130 kph. 

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