24 dead, hundreds hurt, as train derails after rain in Turkey

10 July, 2018, 07:53 | Author: Wade Massey

'There are a large number of injured and we have fatalities, ' Tekirdag governor Mehmet Ceylan told the NTV channel, without giving a figure.

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

State news agency Anadolu said five wagons came off the tracks as a result of the incident on Sunday in a region near the Greek border.

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

Over 100 ambulances have been sent to the scene, TRT Haber said, quoting Health Ministry Undersecretary Eyup Gumus.

'There were deaths immediately, people whose legs were crushed. "It was a terrible accident", she said.

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Investigators believe that heavy rains caused the ground under the rails to collapse, causing Sunday's crash, Deputy Prime Minister Recep Akdag said.

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.

Health minister Ahmet Demircan said 318 were injured, with 124 of them taken to hospital.

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

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.

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.

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