Rescue workers search at the wreckage after a high-speed train crash in Ankara, Turkey. REUTERS

At least nine people have been killed, dozens injured in a high-speed train crash on Thursday in the Turkish capital of Ankara.

According to the state news agency Anadolu, 206 passengers were on the train at the time of the crash. Three of the dead were train conductors, while the other six were passengers.

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The train collided head-on with a maintenance vehicle in Ankara’s Marsandiz station, causing part of a bridge to collapse onto two carriages, Anadolu reports.

At a press conference at the site of the crash, Ankara 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. Once their work is complete, we will be able to share more information,” Sahin said.

Also reacting to the news, Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said two of those injured were in a critical condition, adding no more wounded were at the crash site as of Thursday afternoon.

Video from the scene earlier on 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.”