24 people were killed when a train derailed in northwest Turkey

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  • The train was going from the Edirne region to Istanbul’s Halkali station with more that 360 individuals on board, when six of its carriages derailed in the Tekirdag region
  • In view of substantial downpours, the ground beneath the rails subsided away, causing the train to derail

BY: Middle East Affairs

ISTANBUL: This weekend, Twenty-four people were killed when a train derailed in northwest Turkey, Deputy Prime Minister Recep Akdag said on Monday, a sharp hop from the past toll of 10.

In addition, the state-run Anadolu news agency cited Akdag as saying search operations this morning had now been completed at the wreck of the train, which derailed early Sunday evening in the Tekirdag region while heading towards Istanbul.

The train was going from the Edirne region to Istanbul’s Halkali station with more that 360 individuals on board, when six of its carriages derailed in the Tekirdag region

The Turkish armed force said in an announcement that it had sent helicopters to the scene, while the Istanbul region on Twitter said 24 save specialists and six protect vehicles were headed to give help.

Several train carriages laying on their sides were showed on the first television pictures, and shocked injured being taken away on stretchers as rescue workers picked through the wreckage.

Tekirdag governor Mehmet Ceylan told the NTV channel: “The accident happened because of adverse weather conditions.”
Reports said the encompassing region was muddy because of late rains.

The transport ministry in an announcement said authorities affirmed that due to overwhelming downpours, the ground underneath the rails died down away, making the prepare wreck.

The ministry also added that Transport Minister Ahmet Arslan was headed to the scene. The train derailed outside the village of Sarilar in the Corlu district of Tekirdag, reports said.

The Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan communicated his sympathies over the individuals who lost their lives in the mischance that has “profoundly steamed the entire country.”

Recep Erdogan said that all state institutions were “utilizing each mean accessible to help” in an announcement issued by the administration, as he promised that there would be an extensive examination concerning the “terrible accident.”

Turkey’s audiovisual authority RTUK later said the government has issued an impermanent prohibition on communicating pictures from the scene.

In the course of the most recent years, Turkish authorities under Erdogan have sought to modernize Turkey’s once ramshackle rail network, building several high speed inter-city lines.

Turkish travelers have by and large favored taking planes or the transport for between city travel yet this is changing with the new fast lines. The train engaged with the mishap had all the earmarks of being one of the slower traveler trains going on a solitary track railroad.

Throughout the most recent years, Turkey’s rail network has been hit by several fatal accidents. In January 2008, nine individuals were killed when a train derailed in the Kutahya region south of Istanbul because of broken rails.

Furthermore, in Turkey’s most noticeably bad late rail catastrophe, 41 individuals were slaughtered and 80 harmed in July 2004 when a fast prepare wrecked in the northwestern territory of Sakarya.

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