At least 9 killed, 47 injured in high-speed train crash in Turkey (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)
At least nine people have died and 47 have been wounded in a high-speed train crash in Turkey's capital, Ankara. A local official told Reuters that the crash was caused by a collision with another train.
First images from the scene show vast amount of debris around the rail track and heavily damaged train cars at the scene of the crash that happened on Ankara-Konya route. Local emergency services, fire and National Medical Rescue teams (UMKE) have been dispatched to the scene of the incident, which occurred around 6:40 am Thursday morning.Also on rt.com DRONE VIDEO reveals deadly aftermath of Turkish train crash
The incident happened at the Marsandiz station when part of the overpass crossed by the express fell on top of the wagons, Anadolu News agency reports. As a result, at least two cars of the high-speed train were derailed. An official from the Ankara governor's office told Reuters that the crash was caused by a collision with a local train.
Meanwhile, the Ankara governor’s office said the crash was caused by a collision with a local train. There has been no official word on casualties yet, but many injured people could be seen rescued from the debris.
The wounded are being transported to local hospitals by ambulances, while on-site rescue work continues.
Turkey has had a number of deadly train crashes over the years. In July, 24 people were killed after a train derailed en route to Istanbul.
The country’s worst rail disaster came in 2004, when 139 people were killed and 57 injured after an express train traveling from Istanbul to Ankara derailed.
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