At least nine dead after high-speed train crashes in Turkey

Turkey Crash

The aftermath of the crash. Image: AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici

Thursday, December 13, 2018

At least nine people are believed to have been killed after a high-speed train crashed in Turkey.

The train collided with another vehicle before crashing into a pedestrian overpass in the Turkish capital of Ankara, leaving a further 46 injured.

At least two carriages were derailed, and parts of the overpass collapsed onto the train, Turkish news channel NTV reported.



Governor of Ankara, Vasip Sahin, said the train had crashed into another train which was checking the tracks at Marsandiz station.

Rescue teams were sent to the scene to look for more survivors, he added.

The train was travelling from Ankara to the city of Konya in western Turkey.

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