Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Dead, 70 Injured in Turkish Train Derailment

Dead, 70 Injured in Turkish Train Derailment

Ten people were killed and over 70 passengers were injured when a train came off the rails in northwest Turkey Sunday, Demiroren news agency reported. Heavy rains had eroded the earth under the tracks, leaving a gap under the rails, Transport Minister Ahmet Arslan said late on Sunday. "It was a frightful accident", DHA quoted her as saying.

The train was heading to Istanbul from Edirne, on the border with Greece, with 362 passengers and six crew members on board, the transportation ministry said.

Emergency services and military helicopters arrived quickly at the scene.

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", Tekirdag governor Mehmet Ceylan told the NTV channel.

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

In a statement, Erdogan said the train accident is being investigated thoroughly.

The train had departed from Corlu, a district in the northwestern Turkish province of Tekirdag, about 120 km (75 miles) west of Istanbul.

Meanwhile, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was informed about the mishap by Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu and Minister of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications Ahmet Arslan over the phone, a presidential source said.

Turkey's audiovisual authority RTUK later said the government had issued a temporary ban on broadcasting images from the scene.

The train involved in the accident appeared to be one of the slower passenger trains travelling on a single track railway.

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