Ten dead, 73 injured after passenger train derails in Turkey

10 Killed 73 Injured In Turkey Train Derailment Report

10 Killed 73 Injured In Turkey Train Derailment Report

Turkey's worst accident on the railway was in the province of Sakarya in July 2004, when 41 people were killed and 18 injured in a derailment.

Turkey's ministry of transport said "the ground between the culvert and the rail collapsed" owing to heavy rain.

Turkey's official Anadolu news agency said two machinists were called in for questioning at the prosecutor's office.

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

An unnamed survivor said she was riding in one of the cars when it went off the tracks.

Following the fatal accident, around 100 ambulances reached the scene to rescue the passenger, while military helicopters were also deputed to airlift the wounded passengers.

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

The derailment, which injured 73 people, took place in northwestern Tekirdag province on Sunday, a Health Ministry official told the state-run Anadolu Agency.

Tekirdag governor Mehmet Ceylan said the wagons were derailed due to excessive rain.

The train involved in the accident appeared to be one of the slower passenger trains travelling on a single track line.

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

President Recep 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.

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