At Least 9 Dead, 47 Injured After High Speed Train Crashes In Turkey Capital Ankara

| December 13 , 2018 , 14:54 IST

A high-speed train hit a railway engine and crashed into a pedestrian overpass at Marsandiz train station in the Turkish capital Ankara, on Thursday.

It killed nine people including the train driver and injured 47 others, three of them are said to be in a serious condition. 

The train was travelling between Ankara and the central Turkish province of Konya. The Marsandiz station is around 8 km (5 miles) from the main Ankara train station.

Images from the scene showed emergency services working to rescue people from badly damaged carriages. It was not clear at what speed the trains were travelling when the crash occurred.

A large number of emergency workers arrived at the scene shortly after the collision, which occurred in snowy conditions. Search and rescue efforts are underway.

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According to media reports, Ankara governor Vasip Sahin said "Rescue teams were looking for more survivors. Our hope is that there are no other victims.”

In July, 10 people were killed and more than 70 injured when most of a passenger train derailed in northwestern Turkey after torrential rains caused part of the rail tracks to collapse. Last month, 15 people were injured when a passenger train collided with a freight train in Turkey’s central province of Sivas.