Death toll in Turkey train disaster rises to 24, hundreds hurt

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

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

The train, with over 360 people on board, was travelling from the Edirne region on the Greek and Bulgarian borders to Istanbul's Halkali station on Sunday when six carriages derailed in the Tekirdag region.

A train came off the rails in northwest Turkey on Sunday (July 8) and several people were killed and injured, Demiroren news agency reported.

Five of the train's six cars derailed in a village in Tekirdag Province after "the ground between the culvert and the rail collapsed" due to heavy rains, the Ministry of Transport said.

The DHA news agency quoted an unnamed survivor as saying: "There were deaths immediately, people whose legs were crushed".

Health Minister Ahmet Demircan said 318 people required treatment after the accident with 124 still hospitalized.

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.


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

President Tayyip Erdogan's office said he had received information from the ministers of transport and interior about the incident, and sent his condolences.

Emergency services, military and ambulance helicopters arrived at the scene.

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.

"A suburban train had an accident. due to a landfall".

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