Train derailment after rains in northwest Turkey kills 24, injures 318

The train, with 360 people on board, was travelling from Kapikule on the Bulgarian border to Istanbul when six of its carriages derailed in the Tekirdag region.

Published: 08th July 2018 11:20 PM  |   Last Updated: 09th July 2018 12:11 PM   |  A+A-

An overturned train car is seen near a village at Tekirdag province, Turkey. (Photo | AP)

By Associated Press

ISTANBUL: A top Turkish official says 24 people were killed in the derailment of a passenger train in northwestern Turkey.

Deputy Prime Minister Recep Akdag said Monday that heavy rain had caused the ground under the rails to collapse, causing Sunday's crash.

The train was heading to Istanbul from Edirne, on the border with Greece, with 362 passengers and six crew members on board. Five of its six cars derailed.

Health Minister Ahmet Demircan said 318 were injured, with some 124 of them still being treated in hospitals.

Transport Minister Ahmet Arslan said seven other trains had used the route earlier Sunday but the rain caused "extraordinary swelling." Judicial and administrative investigations were launched.
A media ban issued Sunday by the government, citing national security and public order, was lifted Monday.

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