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Several killed, dozens injured in Turkey train derailment

DHA, AFP | People and rescuers carry an injured woman after a train accident at Corlu district in Tekirdag, on July 8, 2018.

A train derailment in northwest Turkey killed 24 people, Turkish authorities announced Monday, marking a sharp jump from the previous toll of 10.

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Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Recep Akdag said search operations had been completed at the accident site, where a train carrying 362 passengers and six crew members derailed Sunday in the Tekirdag region while heading towards Istanbul.

Turkish media on Monday quoted Health Minister Ahmet Demircan as saying 338 people required hospital treatment after the accident with 124 still hospitalised.

Five of the train's six cars derailed in a village after "the ground between the culvert and the rail collapsed" due to heavy rains, according to the Ministry of Transport.

‘A horrible accident’

The Turkish prime minister’s office issued a temporary media ban Sunday night on reporting the aftermath of the accident, citing national security and public order.

Before that, an unnamed survivor told the private DHA news agency she had been in one of the cars that went off the tracks.

"There were deaths immediately, people whose legs were crushed. It was a horrible accident," she said.

A photograph of the site showed collapsed ground under the rails. Video footage captured overturned cars and several people being carried away on stretchers.

Tekirdag governor Mehmet Ceyhan said the area where the derailment happened was muddy and difficult to reach. Military and ambulance helicopters arrived at the accident scene.

Transport Minister Ahmet Arslan said that the latest checks on the rails had been made in April, the state-run news agency Anadolu reported.

(FRANCE 24 with AP)

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