Train derailment after rains in Turkey kills 24, injures 318

A top Turkish official says 24 people were killed in the derailment of a passenger train in northwestern Turkey.

Train was travelling to Istanbul from Erdine, near border with Greece

An overturned train car is seen near a village at Tekirdag province, Turkey, on Sunday. At least 10 people were killed and more than 70 were injured when multiple cars of a train derailed, a Turkish official said. (Mehmet Yirun/Associated Press)

A top Turkish official says 24 people were killed in the derailment of a passenger train in northwestern Turkey.

Deputy Prime Minister Recep Akdag said Monday that heavy rain had caused the ground under the rails to collapse, causing Sunday's crash.

The train was heading to Istanbul from Edirne, on the border with Greece, with 362 passengers and six crew members on board. Five of its six cars derailed.

Emergency services personnel rescue victims from the derailed cars. (Mehmet Yirun/Associated Press)

Health Minister Ahmet Demircan said 318 were injured, with some 124 of them still being treated in hospitals.

Transport Minister Ahmet Arslan said seven other trains had used the route earlier Sunday but the rain caused "extraordinary swelling." Judicial and administrative investigations were launched.

A media ban issued Sunday by the government, citing national security and public order, was lifted Monday.