Horrible Turkey Train Crash: At Least 9 Dead, More Than 40 Wounded – What We Know So Far

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According to local media, at least nine people were killed when a high-speed train on route to Konya from the Turkish capital Ankara hit a railway engine and crashed into an overpass.

Here’s what Nexter.org knows about the crash.

Source: EPA

High-speed train crashes in Turkey

A high-speed train has crashed near the Turkish capital Ankara, killing at least nine people and leaving dozens more injured, according to the city’s governor Vasip Sahin.

Holding a press conference at the site of the crash, Sahin said 46 people had been injured in the crash, which took place at around 6.30 a.m. Thursday local time.

Source: Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

“Our hope is the number of dead does not increase, but our units are working. Once their work is complete, we will be able to share more information,” Sahin said.

The train collided head-on with a maintenance vehicle in Ankara’s Marsandiz station, causing part of a bridge to collapse onto two carriages, state news agency Anadolu said.

Source: Firat Kozok/Bloomberg

According to the agency, 206 passengers were on the train at the time of the crash. Three of the dead were train conductors, while the other six were passengers.

A large number of emergency workers arrived at the scene shortly after the collision, which occurred in snowy conditions. Search and rescue efforts are still underway.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.


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