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Train derails in Taiwan

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At least 22 people were killed and 171 others injured on Sunday when one of Taiwan’s newer, faster trains derailed on a curve along a popular weekend route, officials said.

The Puyuma express train was carrying more than 366 passengers from a suburb of Taipei in the north toward Taitung, a city on Taiwan’s southeast coast, when it went off the tracks at 4:50 p.m., the Taiwan central government said in a statement.

Hours later, one of the train’s eight cars was seen tipped over at about a 75-degree angle, with the entire right side destroyed. Firefighters with lights on their hard hats, fearing people may be trapped beneath the car, were looking underneath as a crane prepared to upend it.

The National Fire Agency cited the Cabinet spokesman’s office as saying 22 people were killed and 171 injured in the disaster. Some passengers were crushed to death, Ministry of National Defense spokesman Chen Chung-chi said. “Their train car turned over. They were crushed, so they died right away,” Chen said.

Soldiers have been removing bodies to identify them, he added, but nightfall was complicating rescue work. Photos from the scene just south of the city of Luodong showed the train’s eight cars in a zig-zag formation near the tracks. Five of the cars are turned over on their sides. Most of the deaths were in the first car, which flipped over, a government spokesman said.(AP)

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This photo released by Military News Agency shows a general view at the site of a train derailment in Lian in northern Taiwan on Sunday, Oct. 21 2018. (Taiwan Railways Administration via AP)


In this photo released by Taiwan Railways Administration, train carriages are scattered at the site of a train derailment in Lian in northern Taiwan on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018. (Taiwan Railways Administration via AP)


Members of a Buddhist group offer prayers along the rail tracks after the Puyuma Express train derailed at high speed near Xima station in Taiwan’s northeastern Yilan county on October 21, 2018. (Photo credit should read Daniel M Shih/AFP/Getty Images)


An overturned train is seen in Yilan, Taiwan October 21, 2018. (Photo: Lee Kun Han/Reuters)


Rescuers search an overturned train in Yilan, Taiwan October 21, 2018. (Photo: Lee Kun Han/Reuters)


An overturned train is seen in Yilan, Taiwan October 21, 2018. (Photo: Lee Kun Han/Reuters)


An overturned train is seen in Yilan,Taiwan October 21, 2018. (Photo: Lee Kun Han/Reuters)


Rescuers search an overturned train in Yilan, Taiwan October 21, 2018. (Photo: Lee Kun Han/Reuters)


Rescuers tend to injured passengers after a train derailed in Yilan, Taiwan October 21, 2018. (Photo: Military News Agency/Reuters)


Rescuers search an overturned train in Yilan, Taiwan October 21, 2018. (Photo: Lee Kun Han/Reuters)