Published: Sunday 21 October, 2018

At Least 22 Killed in Taiwan Train Crash, No Filipinos Among Casualties So Far

taiwan train crash

The train coaches lay zigzagged across the tracks. (AFP/Getty Images)

An express train in Taiwan derailed and crashed killing at least 22 passengers on Sunday. According to latest reports, at least 171 others have been reported injured inthe worst train accident in Taiwan in more than 20 years.

The Puyuma express train was carrying 366 passengers at the time of the crash, according to local authorities. The cause of the accident is still under investigation but surviving passengers told news agencies that the train was shaking just before the accident occurred at around 4:50 PM local time.

All of the express train’s eight coaches have derailed with four of those coaches flipped on their sides. Earlier reports said around thirty remained trapped inside the wreckage but there has been no update about the victims’ condition as of press time.

‘There are four carriages that were overturned at 90 degrees and the worst casualties were in those carriages,’ said Jason Lu, head of the Taiwan Railways Administration.

But the TRA said the train was in good condition.

The train was en route to the city of Taitung when the crash Occurred. The Puyuma express train route is a popular tourist route as it passes by scenic coastal areas. Authorities have not said how many among the casualties are tourists.

So far, there have been no reports of Filipinos among the victims.

taiwan train crash

A closer look at the derailed train coaches. (Reuters)

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