Train clash kills 17, injures 70 in Tunisia

17 people die and 70 injured after train collides with lorry in Tunisia

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Updated Jul 28, 2015

A train accident in Tunisia at around 6.30 a.m. local time on Tuesday killed 17 people and injured 70, AFP has reported.

The transport and interior ministries said that the train was 60 kilometres from the capital Tunis and the accident occurred in the midst of the morning rush hour.

Most of the people who died in the accident were stated to be passengers by the transport ministry.

According to the ministries, the accident involved the train colliding with a lorry.

"The death toll could rise," Transport Minister Mahmoud Ben Romdhane told Mosaique FM radio.

Dead bodies were reported to scattered around the area where accident took place. 

"This is horrible, there is blood and bits of flesh everywhere," one witness told Shems-FM radio.

"There are people still trapped under the carriage, which overturned," he added.

The injured people have been taken to hospitals in El Fahes and Zaghouan.

Tunisia's railway network is known to have a bad reputation for crashes. 

In July, a train derailed in the country's northwest, killing five people and injuring around 40.

TRTWorld and agencies