Sunday, 22 July, 2018


At least 10 killed as train derails in northwest Turkey

Bennie Garza | 10 July, 2018, 08:10

"It was a disgusting accident", she was quoted as saying.

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

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.

Television footage showed numerous injured being carried away on stretchers as the train carriages lay on their sides. "The accident happened because of adverse weather conditions", he added.

Regional prosecutors have opened an investigation, with the two train drivers and three other railway workers summoned to give statements, Anadolu said.

The cause of the crash is not clear, but officials said that heavy rains were reported in the region.

The train came off the rails after heavy rain and a landslide on to the tracks, officials said.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's office said Mr Erdogan had received information from the ministers of transport and interior about the incident, and sent condolences for those killed.

10 were killed and 73 were injured after a train came off its rails on Sunday, July 8. The head of Turkey's emergency and disaster services said the muddy area was hard to reach.

Turkish authorities under Erdogan have over the last years sought to modernise Turkey's once ramshackle rail network, building several high-speed inter-city lines.

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

The train was headed to Istanbul.

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