Taiwan train crash kills 18, injures 168 in deadliest rail tragedy in decades

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TAIPEI: Eighteen people died and 168 were injured when a train derailed in northeastern Taiwan on Sunday, authorities said, in the island`s worst rail disaster in more than three decades.

Four carriages were overturned in the crash, which occurred in Yilan County near the coast on a line popular among tourists when all eight cars ran off the tracks, officials said.

It was unclear what caused the crash. As of 9:35 p.m. (1335 GMT), all 366 passengers onboard – including the dead and injured – had been evacuated or removed from the wreckage, the Taiwan Railways Administration said.

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