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Investigation launched into deadly Turkish train crash

By Jay Jackson, South Korea News
13 Dec 2018, 23:28 GMT+10

ANKARA, Turkey - Prosecutors have launched an investigation into the cause of the collision between two locomotives on Thursday which resulted in the deaths of nine people, and the injury of at least 47 others.

Three mechanics were among the dead.

Turkeys transportation and infrastructure minister Cahit Turhan confirmed the casualties on Thursday.

The head-on collision between a high-speed train and a pilot engine which was returning from checking the rails, occurred at around six minutes after the first departure from the Ankara terminal at 06.30, the minister said.

Following the impact of the crash, a pedestrian overpass collapsed onto some of the train cars, the Ankara governors office said.

The train was travelling to Konya in central Turkey.

"On behalf of the United States, our deepest condolences to the families and friends of those who died in the tragic train accident in Ankara today; we share the great sorrow and wish quick recovery to the many injured," the U.S. Embassy in Turkey said in a tweet posted on Thursday.

The British Ambassador to Ankara Dominick Chilcott also conveyed his country's condolences on Twitter to the families and relatives of those who lost their lives in the train crash, and he wished immediate recovery to the injured.

"We are deeply saddened that nine people died and more than 40 people were injured in the train accident," Ambassador Christian Berger on behalf of the European Union delegation in Turkey, said Thursday.

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