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Train crashes in Turkey, killing 10 and injuring 73

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 Train crashes in Turkey, killing 10 and injuring 73
Melinda Barton | 10 July, 2018, 07:59

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

The train, carrying 362 passengers, came off the rails after heavy rain and a landslide on the tracks, officials said.

'The accident happened because of adverse weather conditions, ' he added.

The transport ministry said that the train had derailed as recent heavy downpours caused the ground beneath the track to erode away.

Rescue work was completed at 6.00 am (0300 GMT), deputy prime minister Recep Akdag was quoted as saying by Anadolu.

Television images showed emergency personnel at the crash site, as army announced that it has sent helicopters to the area.

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

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's office said Mr Erdogan had received information from the ministers of transport and interior about the incident, and sent condolences for those killed. Emergency services have been dispatched to the scene.

Turkish passengers have in general preferred taking planes or buses for intercity travel, but this has been changing with the new high-speed lines.

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

Turkey's rail network has been hit by several fatal accidents over the last years.

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.

In January 2008, nine people were killed when a train derailed in the Kutahya region south of Istanbul due to faulty tracks.