The prepare, touring to Taitung, got here off the rails in a tunnel simply north of Hualien inflicting some carriages to hit the wall of the tunnel, the hearth division stated in a press release.
At least 4 persons are believed dead, three individuals with severe accidents have been despatched to hospital and round 20 with mild accidents are ready to go to hospital, it stated.
The prepare was carrying round 350 individuals, and rescue efforts are ongoing, the division stated.
Between 80 to 100 individuals have been evacuated from the primary 4 carriages of the prepare, whereas carriages 5 to eight have “deformed” and are exhausting to achieve entry to, it added.
“Is everyone out in carriage four?” a girl is heard shouting from contained in the tunnel, in photographs offered by the hearth division.
The accident occurred at the beginning of a protracted weekend for the normal Tomb Sweeping Day hospital.
Taiwan’s mountainous east coast is a well-liked vacationer vacation spot.
In 2018, 18 individuals died and 175 had been injured when a prepare derailed in northeastern Taiwan, in the island’s worst rail catastrophe in greater than three a long time.
This is a breaking story. Updates to comply with.