High-speed train crashes into pedestrian overpass, killing 9 in Turkey

A high-speed educate hit a railway engine and crashed right into a pedestrian overpass at a station within the Turkish capital Ankara on Thursday, killing 9 other people and injuring 47 others, officers stated.

The 6:30 a.m. (0330 GMT) educate from Ankara to the central Turkish town of Konya collided head-on with the engine, which was once checking the tracks on the capital’s small Marsandiz station, Delivery Minister Mehmet Cahit Turhan advised newshounds after examining the website. The high-speed educate transits that station with out preventing.

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No less than two vehicles derailed, hitting the station’s overpass which then collapsed onto the educate.

3 engine drivers and 6 passengers had been killed within the crash, Turhan stated. One of the vital passengers died of accidents after being hospitalized whilst others had been killed on the scene.

Tv photos confirmed emergency products and services running to rescue passengers from wrangled vehicles and particles. Hurriyet newspaper stated sniffer canine assisted efforts to search out survivors.

Turhan stated everybody were got rid of from the particles and no person else was once believed to be trapped.

Members of rescue services work at the scene of a train accident in Ankara, Turkey, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018. 

Contributors of rescue products and services paintings on the scene of a educate coincidence in Ankara, Turkey, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018. 

IHA by means of AP

It wasn’t straight away transparent if a signalling drawback brought about the crash. Ankara Gov. Vasip Sahin stated a technical inspection has begun whilst NTV tv, quoting unnamed officers, stated 3 prosecutors had been assigned to research.

Passenger Ayse Ozyurt advised the IHA information company that the coincidence came about some 12 mins after the educate left the primary station and that it had no longer but won most velocity.

“The educate was once no longer rapid at the moment but,” she stated. “All of sudden, there was once a daunting breakage … and the educate was once off the rail.”

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In July, 24 other people had been killed and greater than 70 injured when maximum of a passenger educate derailed in northwestern Turkey, after torrential rains brought about a part of the rail tracks to cave in. Ultimate month, 15 other people had been injured when a passenger educate collided with a freight educate in Turkey’s central province of Sivas.

Konya, about 260 kilometres (160 miles) south of Ankara, is house to the tomb of the Sufi mystic and poet Jalaladdin Rumi, attracting 1000’s of pilgrims and vacationers. The crash came about all through an annual week of remembrance for Rumi, when many shuttle to Konya to look at Whirling Dervishes, participants of a Sufi sect, carry out.

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