Ten killed, 73 injured in Turkey train derailment says state TV

Television images showed emergency personnel at the crash site as army announced that it has sent the area helicopters

Television images showed emergency personnel at the crash site as army announced that it has sent the area helicopters

And in Turkey´s worst recent rail disaster, 41 people were killed and 80 injured in July 2004 when a high-speed train derailed in the northwestern province of Sakarya.

ISTANBUL: Ten people were killed and 73 injured on Sunday when a train packed with weekend passengers derailed in northwest Turkey, the health ministry said.

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

The state news agency Anadolu said that five wagons came off the tracks in a region near the country's Greek border.

Mehmet Ceylan said: "Our helicopter ambulances have reached the site". A statement from the prime minister's office said a suburban train suffered an accident after a landslide.

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"Many of those injured have been taken off the site".

The Turkish army said in a statement that it sent helicopters to the scene, while the Istanbul municipality on Twitter said 24 rescue workers and six rescue vehicles were on their way to provide assistance. One survivor, walking along the rail track away from the accident site, told CNN Turk television that he had seen many more than 10 bodies.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has sent his condolences for those killed, his office said, after getting information about the crash from his ministers.

"It was a awful accident".

Television footage showed numerous injured being carried away on stretchers as the train carriages lay on their sides.

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