Several dead after train derails in Turkey

Clay Curtis
July 10, 2018

Officials said the train was going from Edirne Province to Istanbul when five cars derailed.

At least ten people have been killed and 73 others injured in a train accident in northwest Turkey, state media quoted the health ministry undersecretary as saying.

"It was a disgusting accident".

About 100 ambulances were at the scene, along with helicopters from the Turkish army.

The train had departed from Corlu, a district in the northwestern Turkish province of Tekirdag, about 120 km (75 miles) west of Istanbul. The train was carrying 362 passengers.

Television footage showed numerous injured being carried away on stretchers as the train carriages lay on their sides.

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Meanwhile, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was informed about the accident by Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu and Minister of Transport, Maritime Affairs, and Communications Ahmet Arslan over the phone, a presidential source said. Emergency services have been dispatched to the scene. This was lifted on Monday morning.

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 involved in Sunday's accident appears to have been a slower train on a single track railway.

In January 2008, nine people were killed when a train derailed in the Kutahya region south of Istanbul due to faulty tracks.

Hospitals nearby were treating 124 people injured in Sunday's accident, Turkish health minister Ahmet Demircan said, according to state broadcaster TRT Haber.

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