Twenty-four people were killed and hundreds injured when a train packed with weekend passengers derailed in northwest Turkey due to ground erosion afer heavy rains, officials said Monday.
Over 100 ambulances have been sent to the scene, TRT Haber said, quoting Health Ministry Undersecretary Eyup Gumus.
The train, with over 360 people on board, was travelling from the Edirne region on the Greek and Bulgarian borders to Istanbul´s Halkali station when six of its carriages derailed in the Tekirdag region.
In a statement, Erdogan said the train derailment is being investigated thoroughly. "Many of those injured have been taken off the site", governor Mehmet Ceylan said. Experts from a Turkish engineering union issued a statement saying a drainage system was incorrectly built.
The transport ministry said the accident occurred after the railway track slipped from its original position because of torrential rainfall.
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"Unfortunately we have fatalities and casualties".
At least 10 people were killed and more than 70 injured Sunday when a passenger train derailed in northwestern Turkey, Turkish authorities 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".
According to reports, the train was travelling from Uzunkopru to Instanbul and came off the rails in the Tekirdag Corlu district.
The Ministry of Transport said 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.