President Tsai Ing-wen said she had ordered hospitals to prepare for a mass casualty event.
“The top priority now is to rescue the stranded people,” Tsai’s office said in a statement.
Train crash occurred near the Toroko Gorge area at around 9 a.m. local time (0100 GMT/UTC) on what is a public holiday in Taiwan.
The train was traveling to Taitung when it came off the rails in a tunnel just north of the city of Hualien, causing some carriages to hit the wall of the tunnel, the fire department said.
Some media outlets reported 350 passengers were on board.Railway police said 36 passengers had died. Death toll from Taiwan train derailment and crash rises to 48 as later reported.
Authorities added that 72 people were still trapped inside train carriages while 61 passengers had been hospitalized.
Taiwan Police said at least 36 passengers have died, and more than 20 were seriously wounded after a train partially derailed along Taiwan’s east coast.
A train partially derailed along Taiwan’s east coast on Friday, with dozens of people feared dead.
Nearly 350 people were on board the train when it derailed on the east coast of Taiwan. Rescuers are still trying to reach passengers stuck in carriages. Media agencies DW