Monday, 16 July, 2018

Several dead after train derails in Turkey

The train overturned near a village in Tekirdag province Several dead after train derails in Turkey - reports
Melinda Barton | 09 July, 2018, 16:01

The train, with about 360 passengers on board, was travelling to Istanbul from the town of Kapikule on the Bulgarian border, BBC reported.

Rescue workers prepare to transport a female victim. "Many of those injured have been taken off the site", governor Mehmet Ceylan said.

The train derailed in the province of Tekirdag. "The accident happened because of adverse weather conditions", he added.

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

Turkish officials say multiple cars of a train have derailed in the country's west, causing an unknown number of deaths and injuries. Transport Minister Ahmet Arslan said an annual, routine, check of railway tracks on the route was conducted in April.

According to reports, the train was travelling from Uzunkopru to Instanbul and came off the rails in the Tekirdag Corlu district.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed his condolences over those who lost their lives in the accident that he said has "deeply upset the whole nation". "It was a frightful accident", she said. Experts from a Turkish engineering union issued a statement saying a drainage system was incorrectly built.

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.

Turkish passengers have in general preferred taking planes or buses for inter-city travel but this has been changing with the new high-speed lines. The train, which was carrying more than 300 passengers, was heading to Istanbul.

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.