Several dead after train derails in Turkey

Howard TerryJul 09, 2018

The governor of Tekiradg, about 120 km west of Istanbul, blamed heavy rain for the 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.

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.

Health Ministry Undersecretary Eyup Gumus told local media more than 100 ambulances were sent to the scene.

"It was determined that the accident was due to the lack of drainage in the soil between a culvert and the rail line and excessive rainfall", said the Turkish Ministry of Transport, Turkish broadcaster NTV reported.

The train derailed in the province of Tekirdag.

Reports said the surrounding area was muddy due to recent rains. Transport Minister Ahmet Arslan said an annual, routine, check of railway tracks on the route was conducted in April.

Russian news reports said that Russian tourists were on the train when it derailed.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has sent his condolences for those killed, his office said, after getting information about the crash from his ministers.

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.

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.

People and rescuers carry an injured woman after a train accident at Corlu district in Tekirdag, on 8 July, 2018.

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