President Tsai visits passengers injured in Puyuma train accident, prays with relatives of 18 killed

President Tsai Ing-wen visited four hospitals in Yilan County, where some 187 people are being treated for injuries sustained when a Puyuma express train ran off the rails in Yilan County on Sunday.

YILAN, Oct. 22-One of Taiwan’s fastest passenger trains derailed Sunday on a curve along a popular weekend route, killing at least 18 people and injuring more than 170 others, authorities said. There was no immediate word on the cause of the accident.

This morning, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) visited passengers injured in Puyuma train accident Sunday, offering words of comfort and encouragement.

“We will do everything we can,” She promised to the relatives of 18 dead. “At this time of sorrow, we will pull it through together.” Tsai also joined Buddhist monks for prayers in front of an altar adorned with flowers next to the hospital.

Authorities are still investigating the cause of the accident in which the Puyuma express train from New Taipei to Taitung derailed at 4:50 p.m. Sunday near Xinma Station in Yilan, Taiwan Railway Administration (TRA) said.

At 5 a.m. Monday, limited service was resumed on the section of railway in Yilan where the accident occurred, according to TRA.