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Published Monday, October 22, 2018
Seventeen people were killed and at least 132 others injured on Sunday when one of Taiwan's newer, faster trains derailed on a curve along a popular weekend route, officials said.
The Puyuma express train was carrying more than 366 passengers from a suburb of Taipei toward Taitung, a city on Taiwan's southeast coast, when it went off the tracks at 4:50 p.m., the Taiwan central government said in a statement.
Local television reports said passengers were trying to escape through train windows and that bystanders had gathered to help them before rescuers arrived.
It's unclear how many people were still trapped in the train, said the spokesman, who spoke on customary condition of anonymity.
Taiwan Vehicle Accident Facts
Affected Area: 1 km.
Alert Level: Yellow