Turkey train derails en route to Istanbul, killing 10


Around 24 people have been killed and more than 300 injured after a passenger train derailed in Turkey, officials said today.

Tekirdag governor Mehmet Ceyhan said the area where the derailment happened was muddy and hard to reach.

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

"Many of those injured have been taken off the site". Experts from a Turkish engineering union issued a statement saying a drainage system was incorrectly built.

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

The exact cause of the crash is unclear but authorities have blamed bad weather and a landslide for the accident.

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Transport Minister Ahmet Arslan said seven other trains had used the route earlier Sunday but the rain caused "extraordinary swelling".

The Ministry of Transport said five of the train's six cars derailed due to heavy rain.

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

Turkish passengers have in general preferred taking planes or the bus for inter-city travel but this is changing with the new high-speed lines.

Turkey's rail network has been hit by several fatal accidents over the last years.

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.