Several dead, injured after train derailed in Turkey

Leroy Wright
July 10, 2018

At least 24 people were killed when a passenger train derailed in Turkey's northwestern province of Tekirdag, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Recep Akdag said on early Monday.

The train, which was carrying more than 300 passengers, was heading to Istanbul.

Emergency services and military helicopters arrived quickly at the scene.

Television pictures showed several train carriages laying on their sides and shocked and injured people being taken away on stretchers.

Erdogan said all state institutions were "using every means available to help" in a statement issued by the presidency, as he vowed that there would be a comprehensive investigation into the "tragic accident".

Turkish officials say multiple cars of a train have derailed in the country's west, causing an unknown number of deaths and injuries.

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Reports said the surrounding area was muddy due to recent rains.

The train came off the rails after heavy rain and a landslide on to the tracks, officials said.

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.

The Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications said in a statement the accident happened after the railway track slipped down from its original spot due to heavy downpour.

The train was headed to Istanbul.

The train was traveling from Uzunkopru, Edirne province, to Istanbul when it derailed near Sarilar village in Tekirdag's Corlu district, according to Anadolu.

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