At least 17 people have been killed and more than a hundred injured when a train derailed near Taipei in the northern Yilan district, the Government Information Office announced today and confirmed the Taiwanese National Fire Service.
The Puyuma Express 6432 train, which covered the route from Shulin to Taitung and carried 310 passengers on board, derailed at 16.50 local time (08.50 GMT) without the causes of the accident still being known.
The wounded rise to 126, according to the latest data from the National Fire Service, while rescue operations continue to take the train out of some passengers who have been trapped in the wagons.
The wagons of the train overturned, after which the locomotive one left in a curve of the route and hit against a cement post, that is half demolished, according to they showed the images of the island television chain CTI.
The rescue teams had difficulties to enter the wagons due to deformations of the doors and fuselage and it was necessary to use blowtorches to open exits for passengers.
One of the reasons for the high number of injured is the lack of custom in the use of seat belts in trains, according to Taiwanese experts.