Killed in Taiwan Train Derailment

Minnie Murray
October 22, 2018

The National Health Insurance Administration implemented code C001, telling local hospitals that the NHA will cover the medical expenses of uninsured foreigners if any have been involved in the disaster.

At a news conference today transport ministry officials said they were looking into speed as a possible factor, as well as a report filed by the driver 20 minutes before the incident that said the air pressure in the train's brakes was "too low", according to an earlier CNN report.

Ten people were killed and 73 injured on July 8 when a train packed with weekend passengers derailed in northwest Turkey, sate-run TRT Haber television said, quoting the health ministry.

China's policymaking Taiwan Affairs Office expressed "deep condolences" to the families of victims.

A total of 366 people were on the train travelling between Taipei and the eastern county of Taitung when all eight of its carriages derailed.

"The exact cause of the accident is pending investigation".

Soldiers were removing bodies and attempting to identify them, Chen added, but nightfall was complicating rescue work.

"We will ask him what happened after he stabilises", said Mr Liu Can-huang, head of the vehicle maintenance unit of the railways.

The derailment was not expected to cause any major economic impact. I thought to myself: "Why was it not slowing down on a curve?" he told Reuters.

"It's terrifying. I really did not know how it happened". The Puyuma trains travel up to 150 kilometres per hour, faster than any other in Taiwan except for the high-speed rail.

One passenger told Apple Daily Taiwan that the train had been shaking during the journey.

Hundreds of rescuers and military personnel worked through the night, using spotlights to search the wreckage for survivors, as ambulances waited to take the injured to hospital.

Cranes were used to lift the battered train cars, some of which were lined in a zigzag pattern near the tracks. On Monday, Chen Tai-liang, whose niece, a seventh grader, was killed, said: "This is something that is not supposed to happen when taking a train".

It is not immediately clear what caused the train to derail, but witnesses told local media they heard a loud noise then sparks and smoke.

It's unclear how many people were still trapped in the train, said the spokesman, who spoke on customary condition of anonymity.

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