Earthquake brings down bridge, derails train in eastern Taiwan

09/18/2022 04:26 PM
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The collapsed Gaoliao Bridge in Hualien. Photo courtesy of the Taitung County Government Sept. 18, 2022
The collapsed Gaoliao Bridge in Hualien. Photo courtesy of the Taitung County Government Sept. 18, 2022

Taipei, Sept. 18 (CNA) The magnitude 6.8 temblor which occurred at 2:44 p.m. Sunday caused widespread damage to infrastructure, buildings and vehicles in Hualien and Taitung.

A Tze-chiang limited express taking travelers between Hualien and Taitung was derailed by the quake.

According to Taiwan Railways Administration, the temblor caused the collapse of a concrete canopy in Hualien's Dongli Station.

An express train is derailed at Dongli Station in Fuli Township, Hualien County. Photo courtesy of a local resident
An express train is derailed at Dongli Station in Fuli Township, Hualien County. Photo courtesy of a local resident

As the train was passing through the station, it was hit by falling debris from the canopy causing it to derail.

Six of the train cars left the tracks, though the 20 passengers were unharmed.

Railway traffic along the route has been suspended.

The magnitude 6.8 quake on Sunday also caused the collapse of Gaoliao Bridge in Hualien, with unconfirmed reports of people and vehicles on the bridge when the temblor struck.

(By Yu Hsiao-han and James Lo)

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