A high-speed practice hit a railway engine and crashed right into a pedestrian overpass at a station within the Turkish capital Ankara on Thursday, killing 9 folks and injuring 47 others, officers mentioned.
The 6:30 a.m. (0330 GMT) practice from Ankara to the central Turkish metropolis of Konya collided head-on with the engine, which was checking the tracks on the capital’s small Marsandiz station, Transport Minister Mehmet Cahit Turhan advised reporters after inspecting the location. The high-speed practice transits that station with out stopping.
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A minimum of two automobiles derailed, hitting the station’s overpass which then collapsed onto the practice.
Three engine drivers and 6 passengers have been killed within the crash, Turhan mentioned. One of many passengers died of accidents after being hospitalized whereas others have been killed on the scene.
Tv footage confirmed emergency companies working to rescue passengers from wrangled automobiles and particles. Hurriyet newspaper mentioned sniffer canine assisted efforts to search out survivors.
Turhan mentioned everybody had been faraway from the particles and nobody else was believed to be trapped.
It wasn’t instantly clear if a signalling drawback precipitated the crash. Ankara Gov. Vasip Sahin mentioned a technical inspection has begun whereas NTV tv, quoting unnamed officers, mentioned three prosecutors have been assigned to analyze.
Passenger Ayse Ozyurt advised the IHA information company that the accident occurred some 12 minutes after the practice left the principle station and that it had not but gained most velocity.
“The practice was not quick at the moment but,” she mentioned. “All of a sudden, there was a daunting breakage … and the practice was off the rail.”
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In July, 24 folks have been killed and greater than 70 injured when most of a passenger practice derailed in northwestern Turkey, after torrential rains precipitated a part of the rail tracks to break down. Final month, 15 folks have been injured when a passenger practice collided with a freight practice in Turkey’s central province of Sivas.
Konya, about 260 kilometres (160 miles) south of Ankara, is residence to the tomb of the Sufi mystic and poet Jalaladdin Rumi, attracting hundreds of pilgrims and vacationers. The crash occurred throughout an annual week of remembrance for Rumi, when many journey to Konya to look at Whirling Dervishes, members of a Sufi sect, carry out.