At least 10 killed as train derails in northwest Turkey

At least 10 killed as train derails in northwest Turkey

Five wagons came off the tracks in a region near the Greek border, according to state-run Anadolu agency.

Ten people were killed and 73 wounded when a train came off the rails in northwest Turkey on Sunday after heavy rain and a landslide, Turkish television channels quoted a health ministry official as saying.

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

The train, with 362 passengers and six crew members on board, had been travelling from Edirne, a city in Turkey's northwest, to Istanbul.

Television footage showed numerous injured being carried away on stretchers as the train carriages lay on their sides. "The accident happened because of adverse weather conditions", he added.

Television images showed emergency personnel at the crash site, as army announced that it has sent helicopters to the area.

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Later, the Ministry of Transport said in a statement the accident occurred after the railway track slipped down from its original spot due to torrential rains. "It was a terrible accident", she said.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed his condolences to families of those who lost their lives in the accident that has "deeply upset the whole nation".

Turkey's audiovisual authority RTUK later said the government has issued a temporary ban on broadcasting images from the scene.

The train was carrying more than 300 passengers and was headed to Istanbul.

Emergency services rescue victims from overturned train cars near a village in Tekirdag province, Turkey.

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