Train crash Kills 17, Injures 120 in Taiwan


17 people were killed and more than 120 others injured after a passenger train derailed on Sunday in northeastern part of Taiwan.

Images on social media showed the mangled wreckage of the train and injured passengers lying on the ground.

The Puyuma express train, which began its journey in New Taipei City, in northern Taiwan, was carrying about 310 people toward Taitung, a city on Taiwan’s southeast coast, when it went off the tracks about 4:50 p.m. local time in Yilan County, according to local news reports.

The Taiwan Railways Administration said the train had been moving between two stations beforehand.

“As of 6:30 p.m., there are 17 dead on site and 126 people injured,”said  a spokesman to the local news media.

Rescue services were on the scene, with the Central News Agency reporting that more than 30 people were still trapped. The injured were being treated in four hospitals, The Associated Press reported.

The administration has started investigation of the derailment.

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