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Rail operations resumed after train hits rock in Yilan; no injuries reported

TAIPEI--Trains along Taiwan's east coast had resumed regular operations by late afternoon Sunday after a New Taipei-bound train from Taitung hit a fallen boulder, causing no injuries but almost two hours of delay on the line.

Some 400 passengers on board were lucky enough to make it out unscathed from the collision at 1:57 p.m., when the train hit a rock of about one meter in diameter that had reportedly fallen on the tracks between Guishan and Dali stations in Yilan County.

The train's locomotive, however, sustained serious damage to its left side, according to the Taiwan Railways Administration. Operations were not resumed until 3:45 p.m., when a new locomotive was fixed to the train, the administration said.

Constant rain in Yilan over the past several days could be to blame for the fallen rock, but further investigation is needed to determine the exact cause of the accident.

Following the collision, the train was delayed by about 110 minutes.

The accident affected 2,000 passengers on four trains between Guishan and Dali, according to statistics provided by the railway administration.

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