Turkey train crash: 9 dead - 47 injured

13th December 2018

A train crash in the Turkish capital Ankara has killed at least nine people and injured at least 47, city governor Vasip Sahin has said. Images from the scene show emergency services working to rescue trapped passengers and local officials at the scene have confirmed that the high-speed train had collided with another train, then an overpass. The accident happened at about 06:30 local time (03:30 GMT).

The train - travelling from Ankara to the southern city of Konya - collided with a maintenance train that was inspecting tracks at Marsandiz railway station, around 8km (5 miles) from Ankara's main station. Turkish Transport Minister Cahit Turhan stated that three members of rail staff were among those killed along with six passengers.

State news agency Anadolu said that there were 206 passengers on board the train and the crash happened just four minutes after the train had left the station. Officials were now working to continue the search and rescue efforts as well as trying to establish what caused the crash in Yenimahalle district.

The crash is the latest in a line of recent incidents in Turkey. In July 10 were killed and 70 injured when a passenger train derailed after torrential rain caused part of the tracks to collapse. More recently in November 15 people were injured when a passenger train collided with a freight train in the central province of Sivas Konya.

Author: Darren Porter
Image: Anadolu