Dead, 70 Injured in Turkish Train Derailment

At least 10 people were killed and more than 70 injured Sunday when multiple cars of a train derailed in western Turkey a Turki

The Health Ministry put the number of fatalities at 10 and the number of people injured at 73.

Tekirdag governor Mehmet Ceyhan said the area where the derailment happened was muddy and hard to reach.

According to state-run TRT Haber television, the train, with over 360 people on board, was travelling from Kapikule on the Bulgarian border to Istanbul when six of its carriages derailed in the Tekirdag region. The train was carrying 362 passengers and was headed to Istanbul.

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

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Television footage showed numerous injured being carried away on stretchers as the train carriages lay on their sides. A statement from the prime minister's office said a suburban train suffered an accident after a landslide.

Reports said the surrounding area was muddy due to recent rains and the ground beneath the rails may have subsided away, causing the train to derail.

The transport ministry said the accident occurred after the railway track slipped from its original position because of torrential rainfall.

The train derailed outside the village of Sarilar in the Corlu district of Tekirdag.

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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.

Over the past few years, Turkish cities have been building high-speed rail lines to replace the country's ageing network.

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

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