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.
GV rescue workers searching through wreckage of trains
GV PAN FROM rescue workers to burnt out interior of carriage
GV PAN wreckage
GV ZOOM IN TO crash investigators examining underside of carriage
MV warped wreckage TILT DOWN TO gutted carriage
GV engine rammed into carriage (TWO SHOTS)
GV engine ZOOM IN TO scattered debris
SV engine with wreckage under wheels
Prior to the recent train accidents three hundred and four people had been killed in Turkish train disasters in the past thirty years. Prime Minister Ecevit says he wants investigations into the recent crashes to result in a major improvement in the country's rail system.
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Background: 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.