ISTANBUL, Turkey - In a tragic incident, a train derailed in western Turkey, leaving at least ten people killed and over 70 others injured.
Turkey’s Ministry of Transport said in a statement issued to the official Anadolu news agency, that five of the train’s six cars derailed in a village in Tekirdag province after “the ground between the culvert and the rail collapsed” due to heavy rain.
According to the transportation ministry, the train was heading to Istanbul from Edirne, on the border with Greece, with 362 passengers and six crew members.
Further, the Health Ministry undersecretary Eyup Gumus said that based on initial reports from the scene, there were ten fatalities and 73 people were injured.
Mehmet Ceyhan, Tekirdag governor said the area where the derailment took place was muddy from heavy rain and difficult to reach.
The DHA news agency quoted an unnamed survivor as saying that she was travelling in one of the derailed cars when it went off the tracks.
She said, “There were deaths immediately, people whose legs were crushed. It was a horrible accident.”
Later, some local reports released a photograph of the site showing collapsed ground under the rails and several emergency services and military helicopters were seen at the scene.
Further, video footage captured from the scene showed overturned cars and several people being carried away on stretchers.