Turkey Train Incident Leaves 24 Dead And Several Injured
Turkey Train Incident Leaves 24 Dead And Several Injured: Twenty-four people have been killed after a train derailed in north-western Turkey, Deputy Prime Minister Recep Akdag says.
The train was en route to Istanbul from the town of Kapikule on the Bulgarian border, according to reports.
Six of the carriages derailed, with about 360 passengers on board, state-run TRT Haber TV channel said.
The exact cause of the crash is unclear but authorities have blamed bad weather and a landslide for the accident.
CNN Turk, though, reported that a collapsed bridge was the cause of the accident.
The train derailed in the province of Tekirdag. Local governor Mehmet Ceylan told the NTV channel that helicopters had already taken many of the injured away from the scene.
Television footage shows rescuers heading to the crash site, and victims pulled from the carriages.
Russian news sources meanwhile said that Russian tourists were among those injured in the derailment.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has sent his condolences for those killed, his office said, after getting information about the crash from his ministers.
Emergency workers continued to work into the night at the scene of a train derailment that killed at least 24 people and wounded 73 others in the northwest Turkey.
The train came off the rails after heavy rains and a landslide, the Turkish television channels quoted a health ministry official as saying.
It was carrying over 360 passengers and was headed to Istanbul when five carriages went off the tracks, the transport ministry said in a statement.
Television images showed several derailed train wagons laying on their side and emergency personnel walking to reach the crash site.
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