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At least 10 people killed and 73 injured as Turkish train derails

Television images showed emergency personnel at the crash site as army announced that it has sent the area helicopters Television images showed emergency personnel at the crash site as army announced that it has sent the area helicopters
Deanna Wagner | 10 July, 2018, 07:56

10 were killed and 73 were injured after a train came off its rails on Sunday, July 8.

Investigators believe heavy rains caused the ground under the rails to collapse near Tekirdag, in the north-west of the country, according to deputy prime minster Recep Akdag.

Turkey's official Anadolu news agency said two engineers were called in for questioning at the prosecutor's office.

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

"There are a large number of injured and we have fatalities", Tekirdag governor Mehmet Ceylan told the NTV channel.

An unnamed survivor said she was riding in one of the cars when it went off the tracks.

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More than 100 ambulances were sent to the site of the accident, TRT Haber said, citing Health Ministry Undersecretary Eyup Gumus.

Turkish President Erdogan said he was briefed on the matter, saying, "The accident is being investigated from every angle", Anadolu reported.

The Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications said in a statement the accident happened after the railway track slipped down from its original spot due to heavy downpour.

The first television pictures showed several train carriages laying on their sides, and shocked injured being taken away on stretchers as rescue workers picked through the wreckage. The Turkish army said in a statement that it had sent helicopters to the scene.

CNN Turk has claimed that a collapsed bridge was the cause of the accident.