JUST IN: Passenger train derails in Taiwan killing more than 22
AT least 18 people have died after an express train derailed and flipped over on a popular coastal tourist route in Taiwan on Sunday, the island’s worst rail accident for more than 25 years.
Images from the site showed the Puyuma Express train completely derailed and lying zig-zagged across the track in northeastern Yilan county.
According to the railway administration, All of the train’s eight carriages had derailed and five had flipped onto their side near Xinma station, adding that 366 people were on board the service en route to the southern city of Taitung.
The emergency response centre said 168 people were injured in the accident, which happened at 4:50pm (7.50pm AEDT) local time.
“There are four carriages that were overturned at 90 degrees and the worst casualties were in those carriages,” Jason Lu, head of the Taiwan Railways Administration told reporters.
“The exact cause of the accident is pending investigation,” he added. Taiwan’s central emergency response centre had late Sunday revised down to 18 the previous official death toll of 22, without immediately clarifying why.
Authorities have not confirmed if any passengers remain trapped alive inside the train.