Rescuers search site after train crash killed 18 in Taiwan

By On October 21, 2018

Rescuers search site after train crash killed 18 in Taiwan

DONGSHAN TOWNSHIP, Taiwan (AP) â€" Rescuers are searching the wreckage after one of Taiwan's fastest passenger trains derailed on a curve along a popular weekend route, killing at least 18 people and injuring more than 180 others.

The Puyuma express ran off the tracks as it went around a bend in the island's northeast Sunday. It had more than 360 passengers.

There was no immediate word on the cause. Survivors told the official Central News Agency the train driver had applied emergency brakes multiple times before the train derailed.

Most of the deaths were in the first car, and it was unclear whether other people were trapped in the train, according to a government spokesman, who spoke on the customary condition of anonymity.

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CORRECTS PLACE - In this photo released by Li Jun, rescue workers are seen at the si   te of a train derailment in Yilan county northeastern Taiwan on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018. The Puyuma express train was carrying more than 300 passengers toward Taitung, a city on Taiwan's southeast coast, when it went off the tracks on Sunday afternoon. (Li Jun via AP)
CORRECTS PLACE - In this photo released by Li Jun, rescue workers are seen at the site of a train derailment in Yilan county northeastern Taiwan on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018. The Puyuma express train was carrying more than 300 passengers toward Taitung, a city on Taiwan's southeast coast, when it went off the tracks on Sunday afternoon. (Li Jun via AP) (AP)

Associated Press Writer Yanan Wang in Beijing contributed to this report.

CORRECTS PLACE - In this photo released by Taiwan Railways Ad   ministration, train carriages are scattered at the site of a train derailment in Yilan county northeastern Taiwan on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018. The Puyuma express train was carrying more than 300 passengers toward Taitung, a city on Taiwan's southeast coast, when it went off the tracks on Sunday afternoon. (Taiwan Railways Administration via AP)
CORRECTS PLACE - In this photo released by Taiwan Railways Administration, train carriages are scattered at the site of a train derailment in Yilan county northeastern Taiwan on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018. The Puyuma express train was carrying more than 300 passengers toward Taitung, a city on Taiwan's southeast coast, when it went off the tracks on Sunday afternoon. (Taiwan Railways Administration via AP) (AP)
Source: Google News Taiwan | Netizen 24 Taiwan

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