At least 10 killed as train derails in northwest Turkey

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At least ten people have been killed and 73 others injured in a train accident in northwest Turkey, state media quoted the health ministry undersecretary as saying.

The train, carrying 362 passengers, came off the rails in northwest Turkey due to heavy rains and landslides, officials said.

“A suburban train had an accident … due to a landfall. Unfortunately we have fatalities and casualties,” a statement from the prime minister’s office said.

The local governor in Tekirdag, about 120 km west of Istanbul, blamed heavy rain for the derailment.

“Our helicopter ambulances have reached the site. Many of those injured have been taken off the site,” Mehmet Ceylan said.

Five wagons derailed

The private NTV television said that five wagons out of six wagons of the train derailed in the incident.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s office said he had received information from the ministers of transport and interior about the incident, and sent condolences for those killed.

Television images showed emergency personnel at the crash site, as army announced that it has sent helicopters to the area.

The National Medical Rescue Team and Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency of Turkey are also supporting the rescue efforts, along with the military, health personnel and villagers, national media reported.

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