Saturday 19 January 2019

Nine killed, dozens injured after high-speed train crash

Rescue workers search at the wreckage after a high speed train crash in Ankara, Turkey December 13, 2018. REUTERS/Tumay Berkin
Rescue workers search at the wreckage after a high speed train crash in Ankara, Turkey December 13, 2018. REUTERS/Tumay Berkin
A view of the scene following a crash involving a Turkish high speed train in Ankara, Turkey, in this still image obtained from social media December 13, 2018. YASIN DUVAR/via REUTERS
Independent.ie Newsdesk

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A high-speed train has hit a railway engine and crashed into a pedestrian overpass at a station in the Turkish capital of Ankara, killing nine people, officials and news reports said.

The train was en route from Ankara to the central Turkish city of Konya.

Ankara Governor Vasip Sahin said the high-speed train crashed into an engine that was checking the tracks at a station in Ankara.

Rescue teams sent to the scene were looking for more survivors, he said. At least 47 people have been injured.

"Our hope is that there are no other victims," he said.

Private NTV television said at least two cars derailed. Parts of the overpass collapsed on to the train.

Several ambulances and rescue teams were sent to the scene.

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