Around 24 people have been killed and more than 300 injured after a passenger train derailed in Turkey near Tekirdag, in the north-west of the country, in the Sunday evening.
Tekirdag governor Mehmet Ceyhan said the area where the derailment happened was muddy and difficult to reach. Military and ambulance helicopters arrived at the accident scene. Over 100 ambulances have been sent too. Victims of the overturned train cars were carried to Corlu State Hospital. "There were deaths immediately, people whose legs were crushed. It was a horrible accident," a rescued passenger declared. Investigators believe heavy rains caused the ground under the rails to collapse.However, a media source suggested that the accident was caused by a collapsed bridge.
Experts from a Turkish engineering union issued a statement saying a drainage system was incorrectly built. The train was heading to Istanbul from Edirne, on the border with Greece, with 362 passengers and six crew members on board. Five of its six cars came off the tracks. The train involved in the accident appeared to be one of the slower passenger trains travelling on a single track railway. Television footage showed rescuers heading to the crash site and victims being pulled from the carriages. Russian news sources said that Russian tourists were among those injured in the derailment. Turkish authorities, including President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, have said the derailment is being fully investigated.