Published: Mon, July 09, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Train derailment in Turkey causes deaths and injuries

Train derailment in Turkey causes deaths and injuries

The train, carrying 362 passengers and six train staff, was traveling from Edirne province to Istanbul when five bogies derailed near Sarilar village of Tekirdag's Corlu district on Sunday.

Several people have been killed and others injured after a train came off the rails in northwest Turkey, Turkish media has reported.

Health Ministry Undersecretary Eyup Gumus put the number of fatalities at 10 and the number of people injured at 73 based on initial reports from the scene, according to Turkey's official Anadolu news agency.

Turkey's official Anadolu news agency said two engineers were called in for questioning at the prosecutor's office.

Tekirdag governor Mehmet Ceylan said the wagons were derailed due to excessive rain.

Television pictures showed several train carriages laying on their sides, and shocked injured being taken away on stretchers.

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

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

Erdogan said all state institutions were "using every means available to help", vowing that there would be a comprehensive investigation into the "tragic accident", the presidency said.

The Turkish prime ministry says "there are citizens who have been injured and who have lost their lives".

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

Emergency services and military helicopters have arrived at the scene. Turk has reported that the accident was caused by a collapsed bridge.

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