Turkey: More than 20 deaths after train wreck

Six wagons of a train on the way to Istanbul are derailed. On board were around 360 passengers.

Turkey: More than 20 deaths after train wreck

According to government, 24 people died in a train accident in west of Turkey. The rescue mission was finished in morning, said Vice Regierungschef Recep Akdağ according to news agency Anadolu. The train was derailed on Sunday with around 360 passengers aboard on way from Kapıkule near border to Bulgaria and Greece to Istanbul.

124 people would continue to be treated in a hospital, reported Turkish media with reference to Health Minister Ahmet Dale. In total, 338 people were taken to a hospital. The television channel TRT-Beholder had first reported of at least 73 injured.

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was informed of accident and expressed his condolences to relatives of victims, said Anadolu.

Six wagons of train were derailed on Sunday near village of Sarılar in region of Tekirdağ. More than 100 ambulances and army helicopters were sent to disaster. The governor of region, Mehmet Caleb, blamed bad wear for misfortune. Heavy rainfall in past few days could have washed rails.

Date Of Update: 09 July 2018, 12:02

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