At least thirty people died and about one hundred were injured when a train rammed a stalled commuter train on Tuesday (9 January) near the Turkish capital, Ankara.
At least thirty people died and about one hundred were injured when a train rammed a stalled commuter train on Tuesday (9 January) near the Turkish capital, Ankara. It was the country's second major with train disaster in a week.
SYNOPSIS: Rescue workers searched in bitterly cold conditions, minus eighteen degrees Centigrade, through the wreckage of the two trains for survivors. One train crowded with Ankara commuters was rammed by another train during the early morning.
The train had stalled with engine trouble at the small station of Behicbey, about twenty kilometres from Ankara's main terminal. Early reports suggest that the engineer of the moving train failed to see lights warnings that the other train was stalled in the station.
After the collision fire quickly engulfed the carriages of the commuter train. Some bodies were burnt beyond recognition. Hospital official say that large numbers of the inured, suffered sever burns. Prime Minister, Bulent Ecevit said there would be a full investigation of the Behicbey accident and the train crash on the fourth of January which claimed at last report, sixteen lives. More than one hundred people were injured in that crash.
The cause of that crash was blamed on faulty signalling.