The Puyuma Express No. 6432 bound for Taitung from Shulin Station with 366 passengers on board derailed at 16:50 local time at Su’aoxin Station in Yilan County. A total of 17 people were declared dead before being sent to the hospital.
Five of the eight carriages of the express train overturned. The cause of the derailment is still under investigation.
The injured passengers were rushed to four local hospitals for treatment.
Train services in both directions have been halted.
The Puyuma Express has an operational maximum speed of 130 kph.