Ten dead, 73 injured after passenger train derails in Turkey

Cheryl Sanders
July 9, 2018

Twenty-four people were killed when a train derailed in northwest Turkey this weekend, Deputy Prime Minister Recep Akdag said on Monday (Jul 9), a sharp jump from the previous toll of 10.

Health Minister Ahmet Demircan said 318 were injured, with some 124 of them still being treated in hospitals.

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

Reports said the surrounding area was muddy due to recent rains and the ground beneath the rails may have subsided away, causing the train to derail.

Turkish media, including the Hurriyet daily, published pictures showing the erosion had been so bad that part of the track had been in the air with no ground left to support it.

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

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

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

"24 our citizens have lost their lives [in the accident]", said Recep Akdag in a press briefing in Tekirdag.

The Turkish army said in a statement that it had sent helicopters to the scene.

'This disaster took place because of foreseeable and preventable reasons, ' the statement said.

Turkish authorities under Erdogan have over the last years sought to modernize Turkey's once ramshackle rail network, building several high speed inter-city lines.

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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