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Train derailment injures 12 in Taiwan

TAIPEI, Taiwan, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- Railroad crew in Taiwan worked to restore service Saturday along a rail line where a landslide caused a train to go off its tracks, injuring 12 people.

The train carrying 250 passengers to Kaohsiung collided with debris from a landslide at a tunnel entrance early Saturday morning. The fifth and sixth passenger cars separated from the train and the sixth became derailed, railroad officials said.

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Three people sustained serious injuries, including fractures, the Chinese news agency, Xinhua, reported.

All of the injured passengers were taken to area hospitals and rail service was suspended on the line as railroad workers and military personnel were on hand to help with rescue efforts.

Rescue teams were at the scene digging out the train and evacuating passengers, Xinhua said.

Tropical Storm Kong-rey, the 15th storm of the season, has created landslide conditions. Rescue efforts were continuing in heavy rains, Xinhua said.

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