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10 killed in Turkey train derailment

The train left Edirne, on the border with Greece, bound for Istanbul with 360 passengers, according to Turkish media.

At least 10 people have been killed and more than 70 injured when multiple cars of a train derailed in western Turkey, an official said.

Health Ministry undersecretary Eyup Gumus put the number of fatalities at 10 and the people injured at 73 based on initial reports from the scene, according to Turkey’s official Anadolu news agency.

The Ministry of Transport said five of the train’s six cars derailed in a village in Tekirdag province after “the ground between the culvert and the rail collapsed” due to heavy rain.

The train was heading to Istanbul from Edirne, on the border with Greece, with 362 passengers and six crew members, the transportation ministry said.

There were deaths immediately, people whose legs were crushed. It was a horrible accident Survivor

An unnamed survivor told the private DHA news agency she was travelling in one of the derailed cars when it went off the tracks.

“There were deaths immediately, people whose legs were crushed. It was a horrible accident,” DHA quoted her as saying.

A photograph of the site showed collapsed ground under the rails.

Video footage captured overturned cars and several people being carried away on stretchers.

Tekirdag governor Mehmet Ceyhan said the area where the derailment happened was muddy from heavy rain and difficult to reach.

Emergency services and military helicopters are at the scene.

The local Corlu municipality tweeted that hospitals needed blood donations for the injured.

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