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24 dead, hundreds hurt, as train derails after rain in Turkey

10 July 2018

A passenger train has derailed in northwest Turkey, leading to deaths and injuries, according to local media reports.

"It was a terrible accident".

The train, with about 360 passengers on board, was travelling to Istanbul from the town of Kapikule on the Bulgarian border, BBC reported.

Television images showed several wagons laying on their side and emergency personnel walking to reach the crash site.

In a statement, Erdogan said the train derailment is being investigated thoroughly.

President Tayyip Erdogan's office said Erdogan had received information from the ministers of transport and interior about the incident, and sent condolences for those killed.

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The accident, one of Turkey's worst train disasters of recent years, threatens to cast a shadow over a lavish ceremony scheduled in Ankara later Monday to mark the inauguration of Erdogan for a new presidential mandate and the transition to a new system of government.

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The Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications said in a statement the accident happened after the railway track slipped down from its original spot due to heavy downpour.

In January 2008, nine people were killed when a train derailed in the Kutahya region south of Istanbul due to faulty tracks.

At least 10 people were killed and more than 70 injured Sunday when a passenger train derailed in northwestern Turkey, Turkish authorities said.

24 dead, hundreds hurt, as train derails after rain in Turkey