JAKARTA, NNC - At least 18 people were killed and 160 injured as a train derailed in northeastern Taiwan on Sunday, authorities said.
Some of the carriages were flipped in the accident, which occurred in Yilan County, near the beach on a famous route among tourists.
The government said the train carried 366 people and the Central News Agency said that more than 30 were still trapped in the car, Reuters reported.
Footage on local television showed rescuers and dozens of soldiers trying to penetrate the wreckage on Sunday night in search of survivors, with ambulance on standby.
Some 18 people were announced dead and 160 injured at 7:45 p.m., according to a satatement from the fire department.
“We will use all our strength and efforts for the rescue,” President Tsai Ing-wen wrote on her Facebook page.
An investigation was under way to discover the cause of the crash, Taiwan Railways Administration said. “The train was in pretty good condition,” Deputy Chief Lu Chieh-Shen said in a press release.
Authorities are checking whether there were foreigners onboard the train.
The derailing came weeks before regional elections across the island, seen as a measure of Tsai's ruling party's performance in the presidential election in 2020, citing Antara.