A tourist train has derailed on a mountain track in Taiwan’s central Chiayi b[/b] area , local cable television news stations have reported.
A witness told TVBS that about 15 people were killed and 30 injured after three carriages overturned and plunged into a ravine.
The incident happened near Alishan mountain, a popular tourist destination, at around 1400 (0600 GMT).
The train was carrying about 130 people, many of them families enjoying a weekend trip, when the incident happened.
Some of the passengers are thought to be trapped in the wreckage.
Another cable news station, ETV, has shown footage of carriages lying among trees in the mountainous terrain.
Emergency workers are reported to have already arrived at the scene, and are using a helicopter as part of the rescue effort.