Turkey: Train derailment kills at least 10, injures 73

Clay Curtis
July 9, 2018

The state-run Anadolu news agency quoted Akdag as saying search operations through the derailed train carriages had been completed Monday morning.

"According to our first estimates, 10 people lost their lives and 73 people were injured", Eyup Gumus, the Turkish Health Ministry's undersecretary, was quoted as saying.

Tekirdag governor Mehmet Ceylan blamed "adverse weather conditions" for the accident, adding that the ground was muddy from heavy rain and hard for rescuers to reach.

The train, with about 360 passengers on board, was travelling to Istanbul from the town of Kapikule on the Bulgarian border, BBC reported.

"Many of those injured have been taken off the site".

The Ministry of Transport said five of the train's six cars derailed due to heavy rain.

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The train derailed in a village in Tekirdag province. "It was a awful accident", DHA quoted her as saying.

"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.

Turkish passengers have in general preferred taking planes or the bus for inter-city travel but this is changing with the new high-speed lines. The train, which was carrying more than 300 passengers, was heading to Istanbul.

Turkey's rail network has been hit by several fatal accidents over the last years.

And in Turkey┬┤s worst recent rail disaster, 41 people were killed and 80 injured in July 2004 when a high-speed train derailed in the northwestern province of Sakarya.

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