Turkey train disaster leaves 24 dead, hundreds injured

10 Killed 73 Injured In Turkey Train Derailment Report

Turkey train disaster leaves 24 dead, hundreds injured

The train, carrying 362 passengers and six train staff, was traveling from Edirne province to Istanbul when five of its carriages came off the tracks near Sarilar village, leaving ten dead and 73 injured, Turkish media reported.

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 124 of them taken to hospital.

Mehmet Ceylan, Tekirdag's Governor, said the accident was caused by heavy rains in the region.

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

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

"It was a awful accident".

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

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In a statement, Erdogan said the train accident is being investigated thoroughly.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has sent his condolences for those killed, his office said, after getting information about the crash from his ministers.

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

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

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An overturned train auto is seen near a village at Tekirdag Province, Turkey, on Sunday, July 8, 2018.

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