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17 dead, dozens trapped in train crash in Taiwan

The incident occurred in the Taiwanese district of Yilan
19:05, 21 October 2018

112 Agency

At least 17 people died and dozens more were injured as a result of a train derailed in Taiwan. This is reported by BBC.

A total of 366 people were on the train traveling between Taipei and the eastern county of Taitung when all eight of its carriages derailed.

Taiwan's Central News Agency reports that dozens may still be trapped.

The Puyuma Express 6432 service reportedly came off the tracks close to Xinma station, near the town of Su'ao about 70km (43 miles) from Taipei.

The deputy chief of the Taiwan Railways Administration, Lu Chieh-shen, told at a news conference on Sunday that the train was only six years old and had been in "pretty good condition" before the accident.

Reports say one of the dead is an American citizen.

Photographs from the scene show seats upended, with parts of the railway tracks twisted through carriage windows in places.

Taiwan's leader, Tsai Ing-wen, described the accident as a "major tragedy" on Twitter.

"My thoughts are with all the victims and their families," she added.

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