Nine dead and 47 injured in high-speed train crash in Ankara, Turkey.

Nine people have died and 47 injured in a crash involving a high-speed train in Ankara, according to a Turkish official. 
Ankara Governor Vasip Sahin told reporters in televised remarks that “47 people were injured and unfortunately nine of our citizens were found dead”, as the fast train was on its way to the central province of Konya.

Sahin said the high-speed train had crashed into a locomotive that carries out track inspections.

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

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The cause of the accident is yet to be ascertained.

The country has seen several other train accidents in recent times. In July, 10 people were killed and more than 70 injured when most of a passenger train derailed in the country’s northwest, 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 the central province of Sivas Konya, about 260km southwest of Ankara.

Updated: December 13, 2018 — 10:01 am

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