Several dead, injured after train derailed in Turkey

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

Turkey's worst accident on the railway was in the province of Sakarya in July 2004, when 41 people were killed and 18 injured in a derailment.

A top Turkish official says 24 people were killed in the derailment of a passenger train in northwestern Turkey.

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

Tekirdag governor Mehmet Ceyhan said the area where the derailment happened was muddy from heavy rain and hard to reach.

Ten people were killed and 73 wounded when a train came off the rails in northwest Turkey on Sunday after heavy rain and a landslide, Turkish television channels quoted a health ministry official as saying.

Television images showed carriages turned on their sides and medics at the site.

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Local governor Mehmet Ceylan told the NTV channel that helicopters had already taken numerous injured away from the scene.

Television footage showed numerous injured being carried away on stretchers as the train carriages lay on their sides. "Unfortunately we have fatalities and casualties", a statement from the prime minister's office read.

About 100 ambulances were at the scene, along with helicopters from the Turkish army. Turk has reported that the accident was caused by a collapsed bridge.

Transport Minister Ahmet Arslan said seven other trains had used the route earlier Sunday but the rain caused "extraordinary swelling".

Turkish President Erdogan said he was briefed on the matter, saying, "The accident is being investigated from every angle", Anadolu reported.

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