A high-speed train crashed Thursday in the Turkish capital of Ankara, killing at least nine people and injuring dozens more, according to the city’s governor.
At a press conference at the site of the crash, the governor, Vasip Sahin, said 46 people had been hurt in the crash, which took place at around 6.30 a.m. local time.
“Our hope is the number of dead does not increase, but our units are working,” Sahin said. “Once their work is complete, we will be able to share more information.”
The train collided head-on with a maintenance vehicle in Ankara’s Marsandiz station, causing part of a bridge to collapse onto two carriages, state news agency Anadolu said.
Two of those injured were in a critical condition, Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca told the agency, adding no more wounded were at the crash site as of Thursday afternoon.Rescue workers search through wreckage after a high-speed train crash Thursday in Ankara, Turkey.
Video from the scene earlier Thursday showed rescuers combing through piles of warped metal while injured people were evacuated from the wreckage.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said three people had been detained in connection with the crash, and a criminal investigation launched.
“Those who are responsible will be brought forward,” Erdogan said, “and whatever is necessary will be done.”The train was en route between Ankara and Konya when it crashed, Anadolu said.
The US Embassy in Antara expressed its “deepest condolences” to the victims of the crash. “We share the great sorrow and wish quick recovery to the many injured,” the embassy’s official Twitter account said.