At least 10 killed as train derails in northwest Turkey

Pauline Gross
July 9, 2018

"According to our first estimates, 10 people lost their lives and 73 people were injured", Eyup Gumus, the Turkish Health Ministry's undersecretary, was quoted as saying.

Turkish media reported that the train left Edirne, on the border with Greece, bound for Istanbul with 360 passengers. A statement from the prime minister's office said a suburban train suffered an accident after a landslide. "Many of those injured have been taken off the site", governor Mehmet Ceylan said.

A passenger train has derailed in northwest Turkey, leading to deaths and injuries, according to local media reports.

The train derailed outside the village of Sarilar in the Corlu district of Tekirdag, reports said.

Turkey's ministry of transport said "the ground between the culvert and the rail collapsed" owing to heavy rain.

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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has sent his condolences for those killed, his office said, after getting information about the crash from his ministers.

Emergency services, military and ambulance helicopters arrived at the scene.

Over the past few years, Turkish cities have been building high-speed rail lines to replace the country's ageing network.

Later, the Ministry of Transport said in a statement the accident occurred after the railway track slipped down from its original spot due to torrential rains. One survivor, walking along the rail track away from the accident site, told CNN Turk television that he had seen many more than 10 bodies.

An overturned train vehicle is seen near a village at Tekirdag Province, Turkey, on Sunday, July 8, 2018.

Other reports by GizPress

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