13:01 GMT18 April 2021
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    According to local media, citing emergency services, there are many people without signs of life at the scene of the accident. The cause of the derailment has not been clarified yet.

    Two cars of a passenger train have derailed in eastern Taiwan, killing 51 and injuring 146 among 496 people on board, according to the Taiwan Transport Ministry.

    The incident reportedly occurred at 9.00 am local time inside the Daqing tunnel, when the second and the third cars came off the rails hitting the walls of the tunnel.

    The train, bound for Taitung, was carrying 350 people. 60 people have already been rescued out of the first three cars, while the fourth and fifth car are seriously damaged.

    The Central News Agency (CNA) earlier reported one death, adding that more people are feared dead as a result of the incident.

    The rescue operation continues.

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