Çorlu train derailment

Çorlu train derailment
Derailment site is located in Marmara
Derailment site
Derailment site
Location of the train accident in the Marmara Region, Turkey.
DateJuly 8, 2018
Time17:15 TRT
Locationnear Sarılar, Çorlu, Tekirdağ
110 km (68 mi) from Istanbul
Coordinates41°09′22″N 27°41′20″E / 41°09′22″N 27°41′20″E / 41.1562; 27.6889
CountryTurkey
Rail lineUzunköprü-Halkalı railway
OperatorTurkish State Railways (TCDD)
Type of incidentDerailment
Statistics
Trains1
Passengers362
Crew6
Deaths24
Injuries318 total (276 light, 42 severe)
Damage5 cars

The Çorlu train derailment was a fatal railway accident which occurred in 2018 at the Çorlu district of Tekirdağ Province in northwestern Turkey when a train derailed, killing 24 passengers and injuring 318, including 42 severely.[1]

Accident

At 17:15 Turkish time on July 8, 2018, five bogies of a six-car train operating with train number 12703 on the Uzunköprü-Halkalı railway line en route to Halkalı Terminal in Istanbul derailed at 162 km (101 mi) near Sarılar village of Çorlu, Tekirdağ.[1][2] Of the 362 passengers and six crew on board, 24 were killed and 318 injured.[1][3][4][5][6][7] 276 lightly injured passengers were discharged from the hospitals after receiving treatment, while medical care for the 42 severely injured victims continues in hospitals in Tekirdağ, Çorlu and Istanbul.[1]

The Turkish Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications announced in a statement right after the accident, that the derailment occurred after the railway track slipped down from its original position due to torrential rains.[3] It was reported that the track was intact when a scheduled train passed through that location at about 10:40 local time the same day. Heavy rainfall at a rate of 32 kg/m2 (6.6 lb/sq ft) per hour occurred between 14:20 and 15:10 in the region.[7] Investigations revealed that a culvert under the railway had collapsed as flood water sapped it by washing away the soil underneath its foundation, and as a result the track ballast under the tracks lost its support.[2] However, the sleepers at that spot appeared to be in good order to the railroad engineer of the train, which was running at a speed of 100–110 km/h (62–68 mph). The locomotive ran through without incident, then the first car derailed, although it remained upright. The following five cars, however, fully derailed and overturned, destroying 400 m (1,300 ft) of tracks.[1][7]

Numerous Russian news sources reported that Russian tourists were among the injured.[8] The Radio and Television Supreme Council imposed a temporary ban on broadcasting the accident.[3]