In the Turkish capital Ankara, a high-speed train derailed on Thursday morning and crashed into a metal bridge. So far, the death toll stands at 9 already while 46 people were transported to hospitals with injuries. Some of the passengers remained stuck in the two carriages that were hanging above the rails.
According to the local authorities, the derailment was the result of a collision with a locomotive.
The accident happened near the Marsandiz station, on the outskirts of Ankara. On pictures, you can see how the carriages are under the twisted steel of the largely destroyed bridge. The train was on its way from Ankara to Konya, in the south of Turkey.
Ankara Governor Vasip Sahin confirmed that "46 people were injured and unfortunately nine of our citizens were found dead."
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The speed at which the train was driving is not clear at the moment. Neither is it known how it is possible for the train and the locomotive were on the same track. According to the state news agency Anadolu, the Turkish justice department will open an investigation.
Turkey has a horrible track record when it comes to train accidents in recent times. Just last July, 24 people were killed and more than 70 injured when most of a passenger train derailed in the country's northwest, after torrential rains caused part of the rail tracks to collapse. Six of the carriages of that train derailed, with about 360 passengers on board,
In October of this year, 15 people were injured when a passenger train collided with a freight train in the central province of Sivas Konya.
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