Turkish Rail accident kills 9

Nine people were killed and 47 injured after a high-speed train crash in Ankara, the Turkish capital on Thursday, officials said.

The high-speed train had crashed into a locomotive that carries out track inspections.

Transport Minister Cahit Turhan added that 47 people were injured and were in a hospital for treatment.

The fast train had been on its way from Ankara’s main station to the central province of Konya and according to Hurriyet daily, there were 206 passengers on board.

Earlier, the Ankara governor’s office said three out of a total of 46 people had been seriously injured.

The death toll was rising fast. Ankara governor Vasip Sahin said earlier on Thursday morning that four people had been killed.

Video footage showed emergency workers at the scene, working to rescue people from carriages trapped beneath the mangled metal wreckage of an overpass at the Marsandiz train station, to the west of Ankara.

It was not clear at what speed the trains were travelling when the crash occurred.

The accident happened at a station where the Ankara-Konya train does not stop.

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