Rescue crews on site have tried to get into four carriages that have suffered major material damage and are difficult to access inside the tunnel, where people have been trapped.
The train’s other four carriages were out of the tunnel.
Some of the train’s carriages had hit the wall in the tunnel, reports Reuters.
Supposed to have slipped
The accident was triggered by a truck that fell from a cliff over the railway and landed on the railway track. The train was just about to exit a tunnel and hit the vehicle.
The truck was not parked properly and is believed to have slipped down and ended up on the railway tracks, reports the local news agency Central News Agency.
– Our train crashed into a truck, says a man on a video recording on Taiwanese television, where pictures from the accident site were shown.
– The truck fell down, the men say.
The accident happened on the way from Taipei to Taitung, near the coastal city of Hualien, at 9.30 local time.
“It felt as if there was a sudden shock, and I was on the floor,” a female survivor told UDN, according to the BBC.
Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen has asked the authorities to continue the rescue work and investigate the cause of the accident.
The last major train accident in Taiwan happened in October of 2018. 18 people lost their lives in that accident.
The most serious train accident in Taiwan occurred in 1991, in an accident in which 30 people lost their lives and 112 were injured when two trains collided.
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