A Puyuma Express train with 366 passengers on board derailed on Sunday. At least 22 people were killed and 171 others injured, according to officials.
Late Sunday night, hours after the Puyuma express derailed, one of the train’s eight cars was seen tipped over at about a 75-degree angle, with the entire right side destroyed. Firefighters with lights on their hard hats, fearing people may be trapped beneath the car, were looking underneath as a crane prepared to move it, FOX News reports.
The National Fire Agency cited the Cabinet spokesman’s office as saying 22 people were killed and 171 injured in the disaster.
Some passengers were crushed to death, Ministry of National Defense spokesman Chen Chung-chi said.
“Their train car turned over. They were crushed, so they died right away,” Chen said.
Soldiers removed bodies to identify them, he added, but nightfall complicated the rescue work.
Photos from the scene just south of the city of Luodong showed the train’s cars in a zig-zag formation near the tracks. Five of the cars are turned over on their sides.
Most of the deaths were in the first car, which flipped over, a government spokesman said.
It was unclear how many people may still be trapped in the train, said the spokesman, who spoke on customary condition of anonymity. Some 120 soldiers joined firefighters in their rescue work.
Our hearts and prayers go out to everyone involved.
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