Train crash in Turkish capital leaves nine dead and dozens injured

- Advertisement -

A high-speed train has hit a railway engine and crashed into a pedestrian overpass at a station in the Turkish capital, killing nine people and injuring 47 others, officials said.

The early morning train from Ankara to the central city of Konya collided head-on with the engine, which was checking tracks at the capital’s small Marsandiz station, Transport Minister Mehmet Cahit Turhan said.

At least two carriages derailed, hitting the station’s overpass which then collapsed on to the train.

Three engine drivers and six passengers were killed in the crash, Mr Turhan said. One of the passengers died after being taken to hospital while others were killed at the scene.

Rescue services work at the scene
The aftermath of the crash (Burhan Ozbilici/AP)

It was not immediately clear if a signalling problem caused the crash. Ankara governor Vasip Sahin said a technical inspection has begun while NTV television, quoting unnamed officials, said three prosecutors were assigned to investigate.

The aftermath of the crash
Rescue services work at the scene (DHA/AP)

Last month, 15 people were injured when a passenger train collided with a freight train in the central province of Sivas.

Konya, about 160 miles south of Ankara, is home to the tomb of the Sufi mystic and poet Jalaladdin Rumi, attracting thousands of pilgrims and tourists.

The crash occurred during an annual week of remembrance for Rumi when many travel to Konya to watch whirling dervishes perform.

- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -

Latest Stories

- Advertisement -

UK News

- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -

Read the latest free supplements

Read the Town Crier, Le Rocher and a whole host of other subjects like mortgage advice, business, cycling, travel and property.