Train crashes in Turkey, killing 10 and injuring 73

Elias Hubbard
July 9, 2018

At least 10 people were killed and 73 others injured after bogies of a passenger train derailed in Turkey's northwestern Tekirdag province on Sunday, a Health Ministry official said.

Ten people have been killed and 73 injured in a train accident in north-west Turkey, local broadcasters quoted the health ministry undersecretary as saying.

The train, which was carrying more than 300 passengers, was heading to Istanbul.

State news agency Anadolu said five wagons came off the tracks in a region near the Greek border, close to the city of Tekirdag.

Six of the carriages derailed, with about 360 passengers on board, state-run TRT Haber TV channel said.

Emergency services and military helicopters arrived at the scene.

The Turkish army said in a statement that it sent helicopters to the scene, while the Istanbul municipality on Twitter said 24 rescue workers and six rescue vehicles were on their way to provide assistance.

Turkish President Erdogan said he was briefed on the matter, saying, "The accident is being investigated from every angle", Anadolu reported.

"A suburban train had an accident due to a landfall".

He told NTV: "There are a large number of injured and we have fatalities".

Television images showed carriages turned on their sides and medics at the site.

Deputy Prime Minister Recep Akdag said today that heavy rain had caused the ground under the rails to collapse, causing Sunday's crash.

Reports said the surrounding area was muddy due to recent rains.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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