DFAT checks on Australians in Taiwan crash

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Two Australians have been treated for minor injuries following a train crash in Taiwan that has killed at least 50 people.

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade officials confirmed the injuries to the pair on Saturday and said officials were in the process of checking with Taiwanese authorities whether any other Australians were involved.

The train was carrying almost 500 people on Friday on its way from Taiwan's capital, Taipei, to Taitung on the east coast when it derailed in a tunnel just north of Hualien.

The accident occurred after an express train hit a truck that had slid down a bank next to the track from a construction site.

A Taiwan court released on bond the building site manager after prosecutors applied to detain him on charges of causing death by negligence.

The crash is the country's worst train accident in seven decades.