Turkey Train Derailment Kills 24, Injures Hundreds

Heavy rain causes the ground under the rails to collapse on a train carrying 362 passengers to Istanbul, Turkish deputy prime minister says

The damage of a train following a derailment in northwest Turkey on July 8, 2018
AFP

24 people were killed in the derailment of a passenger train in northwestern Turkey, says a top Turkish official.

Deputy Prime Minister Recep Akdag said Monday that heavy rain caused the ground under the rails to collapse, resulting in Sunday's crash.

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 derailed.

Health Minister Ahmet Demircan said 318 were injured, with some 124 of them still being treated in hospitals.

Transport Minister Ahmet Arslan said seven other trains had used the route earlier Sunday but the rain caused "extraordinary swelling." Judicial and administrative investigations have been launched.

Emergency services rescue injured passengers in northwest Turkey on July 8, 2018
Mehmet Yirun/AP

A media ban issued Sunday by the government, citing national security and public order, was lifted Monday.