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21 injured by explosion on train in Taipei

2016/07/07 23:12:47

Photo courtesy of Taiwan Railways Administration

Taipei, July 7 (CNA) At least 21 people were injured when a section of commuter train moving nearby Songshan Railway Station exploded and burst into flames on Thursday night.

Witnesses on the scene reported hearing a loud explosion before flames engulfed the sixth coach on the train, which traveled from Hsinchu to Keelung.

Taipei's Fire Department received the message around 10 p.m. and sent more than 10 ambulances and 10 fire engines to the scene. The fire had been extinguished.

It's not clear what caused the blast and fire.

(By Chu Tse-wei, Liu Chien-pang and Kuo Chung-han)