An eight-car train traveling to Titung got off the rail in a tunnel just north of Huilion on Friday morning, causing several vehicles to hit the tunnel wall, the government-run central news agency cited the fire department.
The agency said about 60 people were evacuated from the first three cars.
The CNA said a truck that was “not parked properly” was suspected of slipping into the path of the train. The fire department showed a picture that appeared next to the derailed portion of the train under the debris.
“The car is all out at four?” In the video provided by the Fire Department, a woman is heard shouting from inside the tunnel.
Images of the crash scene appear to fall inside the tunnel and break away from the impact, with passengers bending over, collecting derailed suitcases and bags, and others walking on the tracks lined with debris.
Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen said on Twitter, “After the derailment of the train in Hulien, Taiwan, our emergency services are fully mobilized to protect and assist passengers and railway workers.” “We will continue to do everything to ensure their safety in the wake of this heartbreaking event.”
The incident occurred at the beginning of a long weekend for the traditional Tomb Sweeping Day hospital.
Taiwan’s mountainous east coast is a popular tourist destination, Known for its picturesque Taroco National Park, not far from where the accident took place.
In 2018, 18 people were killed and 175 were injured when a train derailed in northeast Taiwan in the island’s worst rail accident in more than three decades.
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