A excessive-velocity practice hit a railway engine and crashed right into a pedestrian overpass Thursday at a station in the Turkish capital of Ankara, killing 9 individuals and injuring dozens, officers stated.
The 6:30 a.m. 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 informed reporters after inspecting the location. The excessive-velocity practice, which the Anadolu Company stated was carrying 206 passengers, often passes by means of that station with out stopping.
At the least two automobiles derailed, hitting the station’s overpass, which then collapsed onto the practice. Three engine drivers and six passengers have been killed in the crash, Turhan stated. One passenger died after being hospitalized while the others have been killed on the scene.
Well being Minister Fahrettin Koca stated 84 different individuals had sought medical help after the crash.
Television footage showed emergency providers working to rescue passengers from wrangled automobiles and particles. Hurriyet newspaper stated sniffer canine assisted efforts to seek out survivors. Turhan stated later no one else was believed to be trapped.
It wasn’t immediately clear if a signaling drawback induced the crash. Authorities detained three state railway staff over suspected negligence and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed a radical investigation.
Passenger Ayse Ozyurt informed the IHA news agency that the accident occurred 12 minutes after the practice left the primary station and that it had not but gained its maximum velocity.
“The practice was not fast at that time but,” she stated. “All of the sudden, there was a daunting breakage … and the practice was off the rail.”
Konya, about 260 kilometers (one hundred sixty miles) south of Ankara, is residence to the tomb of the Sufi mystic and poet Jalaladdin Rumi, attracting hundreds of pilgrims and tourists. The crash occurred throughout an annual week of remembrance for Rumi, when many journey to Konya to observe Whirling Dervishes, members of a Sufi sect, carry out.
Turkey has had a raft of practice crashes this yr.
In July, 24 individuals have been killed and more than 70 injured when most of a passenger practice derailed in northwestern Turkey after torrential rains brought on a piece of the tracks to break down. Final month, 15 individuals have been injured when a passenger practice collided with a freight practice in Turkey’s central province of Sivas.