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Turkey Train Wreck Kills 24, Injures 318


Emergency services rescue victims from overturned train cars near a village in Tekirdag province, Turkey, July 8, 2018.

Officials in Turkey say 24 people were killed when a passenger train derailed Sunday.

The derailment occurred in the northwest Tekirdag region as the train was carrying 362 passengers and six crew members to Istanbul from Erdine, near the border with Greece.

A total of 318 passengers were injured, with 124 still hospitalized. Search and rescue efforts were completed Monday.

The Ministry of Transport said five of the train's six cars derailed after “the ground between the culvert and the rail collapsed” because of heavy rain.

An unnamed survivor told the private DHA news agency she had been in one of the cars that went off the tracks.

“There were deaths immediately, people whose legs were crushed. It was a horrible accident,” she said.

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, military and ambulance helicopters arrived at the scene. The local Corlu municipality tweeted hospitals needed blood donations for the injured.

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