Tekirdag [Turkey], July 9: Ten people were killed and 73 others were wounded after five bogies of a passenger train derailed in Turkey’s northwestern Tekirdag province. Also Read - Back to Hot Air Balloons! Good News For Travel Enthusiasts as Turkey Introduces 'Safe Tourism' Amid COVID-19
The Turkish Health Ministry confirmed the incident, which took place on Sunday, to the Anadolu Agency. The train was travelling from Edirne province to Istanbul when the mishap took place near Sarilar village. At the time of the accident, 362 passengers and six train staff were onboard. IANS reported that six coaches of the train derailed on the Uzunkopru-Istanbul route, Efe news reported. Uzunkopru is near the border with Greece. Also Read - Just Terrible! Syrian Refugees in Turkey Are Selling Their Kidneys & Livers On Black Market to Survive
At least 100 ambulances were sent to the scene, while the Ministry of Health dispatched air ambulances to the region. The accident occurred near the village of Sarilar, located in a remote area, and authorities sent helicopters to transport the injured to hospitals. Also Read - Maharashtra: 16 Migrant Workers Run Over by Goods Train in Aurangabad, Indian Railways Issues Statement| Updates
Emergency workers and firefighters arrived at the accident site. Turkey’s presidential spokesperson and advisor Ibrahim Kalin took to Twitter to express condolence to the bereaved families and informed that all the relevant units were mobilized for the evacuation process. Meanwhile, Mehmet Ceylan, Tekirdag’s Governor, said the accident took place due to the heavy rains in the region. Initial investigation found that heavy rains in the past few hours may have caused a landslide that affected the railway tracks.