Turkey train derailment kills at least 10, injures 73
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Turkey train derailment kills at least 10, injures 73

Ground under tracks appears to collapse due to heavy rains in western province of Tekirdag; local hospitals ask for blood donations

Survivors of a train derailment in Corlu, in the Turkish province of Tekirdag, on July 8, 2018, that killed at least 10 and left some 73 injured. (AFP Photo/DHA)
Survivors of a train derailment in Corlu, in the Turkish province of Tekirdag, on July 8, 2018, that killed at least 10 and left some 73 injured. (AFP Photo/DHA)

ISTANBUL — At least 10 people were killed and more than 70 injured Sunday, when multiple cars of a train derailed in western Turkey, a Turkish official said.

Health Ministry Undersecretary Eyup Gumus put the number of fatalities at 10 and the people injured at 73, based on initial reports from the scene, according to Turkey’s official Anadolu news agency.

Turkish media reported that the train left Edirne, on the border with Greece, bound for Istanbul with 360 passengers. The train derailed in a village in Tekirdag province.

An unnamed survivor told the private DHA news agency that she had been riding in one of the derailed cars, when it went off the tracks.

“There were deaths immediately, people whose legs were crushed. It was a horrible accident,” DHA quoted her saying.

People and rescuers carry an injured woman after a train derailment at Corlu, in the Turkish province of Tekirdag, on July 8, 2018, that killed at least 10 people and left some 73 injured. (AFP Photo/DHA)

A photograph of the site showed collapsed ground under the rails. Video footage captured overturned cars and several people being carried away on stretchers.

Tekirdag governor Mehmet Ceyhan said the area where the derailment happened was muddy from heavy rain and difficult to reach.

Emergency services and military helicopters arrived at the scene. The local Corlu municipality tweeted that hospitals needed blood donations for the injured.

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