Published: Fri, December 14, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

High-speed train crashes in Turkey kills 9

High-speed train crashes in Turkey kills 9

At least nine people have been killed and 47 injured in the high-speed rail disaster in Turkey's capital.

The staff are suspected of negligence after a high-speed train hit a railway engine and crashed into a pedestrian overpass at a station in Ankara.

Four people have died and 43 more were injured The accident occurred around 6.30 am (3.30am GMT) as the train was travelling between Ankara and the central Turkish province of Konya.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

The train collided head-on with a maintenance vehicle in Ankara's Marsandiz station, causing part of a bridge to collapse onto two carriages, state news agency Anadolu said.

The drone footage shows the devastation of the crash as the remains of the carriages and the collapsed overpass can be seen from above.

The train was reportedly beginning a journey from the station in Ankara to the city of Konya in western Turkey.

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Two of those injured were in a critical condition, Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca told the agency, adding no more wounded were at the crash site as of Thursday afternoon.

There were 206 people on board, according to state news agency Anadolu. Ankara Gov. Vasip Sahin said a technical inspection has begun while NTV television, quoting unnamed officials, said three prosecutors were assigned to investigate.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed a thorough investigation and said those responsible would be brought to justice.

The Ankara to Konya high-speed route was launched in 2011 and was followed in 2014 with a high-speed link between Ankara and Istanbul.

"The train was not fast at that time yet", she said.

U.K. Ambassador to Ankara Dominick Chilcott, EU Turkey Delegation head Christian Berger, the U.S and Pakistani embassies in Ankara were among the foreign delegations that offered their condolences after the accident.

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

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