Turkey: Train derailment kills at least 10, injures 73

Turkey: Train derailment kills at least 10, injures 73

Tekirdag governor Mehmet Ceylan blamed "adverse weather conditions" for the accident, adding that the ground was muddy from heavy rain and hard for rescuers to reach.

At least 24 people were killed when a passenger train derailed in Turkey's northwestern province of Tekirdag, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Recep Akdag said on early Monday.

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

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

A man uses a mobile phone after a train derailed at Corlu district in Tekirdag, northwest Turkey. Transport Minister Ahmet Arslan said an annual, routine, check of railway tracks on the route was conducted in April.

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Turkish President Erdogan said he was briefed on the matter, saying, "The accident is being investigated from every angle", Anadolu reported. "It was a terrible accident", DHA quoted her as saying.

Turkey's audiovisual authority RTUK later said the government has issued a temporary ban on broadcasting images from the scene.

Over the past few years, Turkish cities have been building high-speed rail lines to replace the country's ageing network. One survivor, walking along the rail track away from the accident site, told CNN Turk television that he had seen many more than 10 bodies.

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

Ten people have been killed and 73 injured in a train accident in north-west Turkey, local broadcasters quoted the health ministry undersecretary as saying.

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