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Turkey: 7 killed, 46 injured in high-speed train crash

13th Dec 2018
Turkey: 7 killed, 46 injured in high-speed train crash

By Mohamad Misto, Burak Karacaoglu, Esref Musa

 

ANKARA (AA)  At least seven people were killed and 46 injured when a high-speed train crashed into a pilot engine traveling along the same rails near a station in Turkey’s capital Ankara.

According to the latest inspections carried out at the scene, seven people were killed including one mechanist, while 46 others were injured — three of them heavily wounded, said a statement by the Ankara governor’s office.

After the crash a foot overpass also collapsed onto some of the train cars, it added.

Ankara Governor Vasip Sahin said the high-speed train crashed into an engine that was checking the tracks at a station in Ankara.

Rescue teams sent to the scene were looking for more survivors, he said.

“Our hope is that there are no other victims,” Sahin added.

[Photo A view of the crash site where a high-speed train crashed into a pilot engine traveling along the same rails in Turkish capital Ankara on December 13, 2018. After the crash an overpass also collapsed onto some of the train cars. ( Ali Balıkçı – Anadolu Agency )

The train was en route to Konya in central Turkey.

Rescue efforts are still ongoing, including the use of dogs.

Some of the injured were taken to hospital and ambulances are on standby.

It was not clear at what speed the trains were travelling when the crash occurred, but it occurred at a station where the Ankara-Konya train does not stop.

Prosecutors have launched an investigation into the crash.

[Photo: Rescue workers evacuate injured passengers after high-speed train crashed in Turkish capital Ankara on December 13, 2018. Photographer: Ali Balıkçı/AA]

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