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18 dead, 160 injured in train derailment in northeast Taiwan

President Tsai Ing-wen orders military to assist with rescue

Five cars of the eight-car Puyuma Express derailed in Yilan,Taiwan, on Oct. 21.   © Reuters

TAIPEI (Kyodo) -- Eighteen people died and 160 were injured when a train derailed Sunday afternoon in northeastern Taiwan, according to authorities.

Five cars of the eight-car Puyuma Express 6432 derailed shortly before 5 p.m. between Dongshan and Suxin stations in Yilan County in northeastern Taiwan, according to domestic media reports.

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