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Monday, 09 July 2018 - 14:36
24 killed in train derailment in Turkey
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Twenty-four people were killed when a train derailed in northwest Turkey last evening (Jul 08).

Deputy Prime Minister Recep Akdag said search operations had now been completed at the wreck of the train, in the Tekirdag region.

The train was heading towards Istanbul.

At least 73 people were wounded in the crash, state media quoted the health ministry undersecretary as saying.

The train, carrying 362 passengers, came off the rails in northwest Turkey due to heavy rains and landslides, officials said.

"A suburban train had an accident ... due to a landfall. Unfortunately, we have fatalities and casualties," a statement from the prime minister's office said.

The local governor in Tekirdag, about 120km west of Istanbul, blamed the heavy rain for the derailment.
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