Turkish State Railways director blocks train accident victim’s mother on Twitter

Photo: Birgün daily

İsa Apaydın, the director general of Turkish State Railways (TCDD), has blocked a woman who lost her son in a train accident in July 2018 on Twitter after she questioned him on the incident, according to a report by the Birgün newspaper.

Nine-year-old Oğuz Arda Sel and his father Hakan Sel were among 25 people killed in a train accident on July 8, 2018 when a passenger train derailed in northwestern Turkey. Hundreds more were injured.

Five of the train’s six cars derailed in a village in Tekirdağ province after “the ground between the culvert and the rail collapsed” due to heavy rains, according to the country’s Ministry of Transport.

The Turkish Prime Ministry issued a temporary media ban on reporting on the aftermath of the accident, citing national security and public order.

Oğuz Arda’s mother, Mısra Öz, has been seeking justice for her son, Birgün said, posting questions about the incident to the attention of the railway authorities on Twitter. TCDD Director-General Apaydın, reportedly frustrated with Öz, blocked her on Twitter, the newspaper said. (Ahval)

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