Rescuers search site after train crash killed 18 in Taiwan

In this Oct. 21, 2018, photo,  rescue workers gather at the site of a train derailment in Yilan county northeastern Taiwan. Passengers were killed and

In this Oct. 21, 2018, photo, rescue workers gather at the site of a train derailment in Yilan county northeastern Taiwan. Passengers were killed and

CORRECTS PLACE - In this photo released by Li Jun, rescue workers are seen at the site of a train derailment in Yilan county northeastern Taiwan on Su

CORRECTS PLACE - In this photo released by Li Jun, rescue workers are seen at the site of a train derailment in Yilan county northeastern Taiwan on Su

CORRECTS PLACE - In this photo released by Taiwan Railways Administration, train carriages are scattered at the site of a train derailment in Yilan co

CORRECTS PLACE - In this photo released by Taiwan Railways Administration, train carriages are scattered at the site of a train derailment in Yilan co

CORRECTS COUNTY - In this photo released by Military News Agency, rescue workers tend to the injured at the site of a train derailment in Yilan county

CORRECTS COUNTY - In this photo released by Military News Agency, rescue workers tend to the injured at the site of a train derailment in Yilan county

DONGSHAN TOWNSHIP, Taiwan (AP) — Rescuers are searching the wreckage after one of Taiwan's fastest passenger trains derailed on a curve along a popular weekend route, killing at least 18 people and injuring more than 180 others.

The Puyuma express ran off the tracks as it went around a bend in the island's northeast Sunday. It had more than 360 passengers.

There was no immediate word on the cause. Survivors told the official Central News Agency the train driver had applied emergency brakes multiple times before the train derailed.

Most of the deaths were in the first car, and it was unclear whether other people were trapped in the train, according to a government spokesman, who spoke on the customary condition of anonymity.

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Associated Press Writer Yanan Wang in Beijing contributed to this report.