Published: Mon, October 22, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

17 people have been killed after train derails in Taiwan: Railway administration

17 people have been killed after train derails in Taiwan: Railway administration

Photo taken on October 21, 2018 shows the train derailment site in Yilan County, southeast China's Taiwan.

Taiwan's central government said that the premier had been notified about the situation, Reuters report.

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

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Eighteen people died and about 170 were injured when a train derailed Sunday afternoon in northeastern Taiwan, according to government authorities. On Monday, Chen Tai-liang, whose niece, a seventh grader, was killed, said: "This is something that is not supposed to happen when taking a train".

All eight cars of the train derailed, and 5 overturned.

Railway authorities say they are investigating the incident, which happened at about 16:50 local time (08:50 GMT).

Taiwan's national fire agency cited the cabinet spokesman's office as saying 18 people were killed and 160 injured. The tragedy is the island's worst train accident in decades.

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An official from the Taiwan Railways Administration said the train driver had reported a pressure device used for braking had malfunctioned 30 minutes before the accident, but that it should not have caused the train to go too fast.

An AFP reporter at the scene said that more bodies were being brought out of the wrecked carriages. I thought to myself: "Why was it not slowing down on a curve?" said Henry Tseng, who was riding one of the overturned carriages and suffered eye injuries.

Hundreds of rescuers and military personnel worked through the wreckage with spotlights on Sunday night in search of survivors.

A train undertaking a test run ignored a stop sign and crashed into another train in northeastern Taiwan in June 2007.

The ATP continually checks that the speed of a train is compatible with the permitted speed allowed by signalling, and if it is not, ATP activates an emergency brake to stop the train. Five people were killed.

And in March 2003, a train derailed near a popular mountain resort, killing 17 people and hurting more than 100 people. They are created to tilt when going around curves.

Japan has been competing assiduously with China, South Korea and European railway providers to win overseas contracts as its already saturated home market shrinks.

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