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Seven killed and 46 injured in early-morning train crash in Turkey

The crash happened at around 6.30am near the Turkish capital Ankara.

An video still shows the aftermath of a high-speed train crash at a station in Ankara
An video still shows the aftermath of a high-speed train crash at a station in Ankara
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Updated Dec 13th 2018, 8:28 AM

SEVEN PEOPLE HAVE been killed and 46 injured after a high-speed train crashed into a locomotive in the Turkish capital on Thursday.

The governorate said in a statement that one of those killed was the train driver and that 46 people were injured including three in a serious condition.

Ankara governor Vasip Sahin had earlier said four people had died and 43 were injured.

“This morning there was an accident after the 6.30am high-speed train to Konya hit a locomotive tasked with checking rails on the same route,” Sahin said.

The governor added that search and rescue efforts continued as “technical investigations” were underway to find out exactly what caused the crash in Yenimahalle district.

Images published by Turkish media showed some wagons had derailed and debris from the train scattered on the rail track.

The Ankara public prosecutor has launched an investigation into the crash, state news agency Anadolu reported.

The accident comes after another train disaster in July, when 24 people were killed and hundreds more injured after a train derailed in Tekirdag province, northwest Turkey, due to ground erosion following heavy rains.

© – AFP 2019

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