17 dead in Taiwan rail accident - authorities

17 dead in Taiwan rail accident - authorities

17 dead in Taiwan rail accident - authorities

No more reports about the power system were filed after the technical support, but the southbound Puyuma express from New Taipei to Taitung later derailed at 4:50 p.m. near Xinma Station, roughly 30 minutes after the initial report.

"We will use all our strength and efforts for the rescue", Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen wrote on her Facebook page.

Some passengers were crushed to death, Ministry of National Defence spokesman Chen Chung-chi said. "Many people were crushed after the train overturned", said the man, identified as Huang.

Most of the victims died on the train while others succumbed to their injuries in hospital, he said.

Numerous casualties happened in a carriage at the front of the train, said one official, adding that the driver, surnamed You, has been moved out of intensive care, though his condition was still unstable. Five of the cars are turned over on their sides.

Most of the deaths were in the first vehicle, which flipped over, a government spokesman said.

Hundreds of rescuers and military personnel worked through the wreckage with spotlights on Sunday night in search of survivors.

"The underlying cause should be investigated to the maximum extent to avoid anything like this happening in the future", Premier William Lai said.

The driver of the derailed Puyuma express reported problems with the train's power system several times before the accident on Sunday afternoon, the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) confirmed Monday.

An investigation is underway to find out what caused a train crash that has left 18 people dead and more than 170 injured in northern Taiwan.

The 6-year-old trains were built to travel at an especially fast 150 kph to ease transportation on rugged parts of the island.

Searchers walked through an upright auto with flashlights. "We will make the whole thing transparent'". "The train was going very fast". The hospital had treated 65 people total.

A tourist train overturned in the southern mountains in 2011 after a large tree fell onto the rails.

All 366 passengers onboard - including the dead and injured - had been evacuated or removed from the wreckage, the Taiwan Railways Administration said. Investigators blamed brake failure.

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