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Man killed after being hit by Keelung express train

TAIPEI--A pedestrian was struck and killed by a Puyuma Express train in Keelung after he apparently trespassed onto the tracks, authorities said.

The incident occurred near Nuannuan Station in the northeastern port city at 2:41 p.m. Police on the scene said they were working on identifying the deceased and had called in forensic experts.

Regular railway operations had been resumed by 3:39 p.m., but the delay had already affected 10 trains and 3,015 passengers, according to the Taiwan Railway Administration (TRA).

The railway operator said the train's driver was not able to stop in time. Passengers on board the northbound train, No. 417, were transferred to a commuter train.

Just two days earlier, another Puyuma Express heading to Taipei from eastern Taiwan had one of its windows shattered on the same stretch of track when it went past precariously placed construction equipment.

That incident delayed the train 26 minutes and affected around 600 passengers.

Puyuma trains can reach a maximum speed of 150 kilometers per hour, making them the fastest TRA trains in service.

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