The state-run Central News Agency, citing the fire department, said the eight-car train, bound for Taitung, derailed in a tunnel north of Hualien City on Friday morning, causing several vehicles to collide with the tunnel wall.
The agency stated that about 60 people were safely evacuated from the first three cars.
The Central News Agency said the truck, which was “not parked properly,” was suspected of slipping on the train tracks. The fire department showed a photo of what appeared to be the wreck of a truck lying next to a derailment of the train.
“Is everyone in the fourth cart?” A woman was heard screaming from inside the tunnel, in videos provided by the fire department.
Pictures of the crash scene show vehicles inside the tunnel that collapsed and torn apart from collision, passengers collect bags and suitcases in a tilted and derailed carriage, and others walking along debris-laden tracks.
“In response to a train derailment in Hualien, Taiwan, our emergency services have been fully mobilized to rescue and assist the affected passengers and railway personnel,” Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen said on Twitter. “We will continue to do everything in our power to ensure their safety in the wake of this tragic incident.”
The accident occurred at the start of the long weekend of the traditional Tomb-Sweeping Day Hospital.
Taiwan’s mountainous east coast is a popular tourist destinationAnd Famous for the picturesque Taroko National Park, it is close to the scene of the accident.
In 2018, 18 people were killed and 175 injured when a train derailed in northeastern Taiwan, in the island’s worst rail disaster in more than three decades.
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