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Collision between train and minibus leaves 6 dead in Turkey

FILE PHOTO: Police officers attend as members of rescue services work at the scene of a train accident, rear, in Ankara, Turkey, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018.
FILE PHOTO: Police officers attend as members of rescue services work at the scene of a train accident, rear, in Ankara, Turkey, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018. Copyright Burhan Ozbilici/AP
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Six people died and seven more were injured when a minibus and a train crashed at a railroad crossing in the northwestern Tekirdag province.

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A collision between a freight train and a minibus in northwest Turkey killed six people and injured seven others on Saturday, Turkish news agency Demiroren reported.

The crash at a railroad crossing in Ergene, Tekirdag province, involved a minibus carrying textile factory workers returning from a night shift and a train headed to nearby Cerkezkoy at 8 a.m. local time, the news agency said.

The people who died all were in the minibus, which was dragged in front of the train after the impact. Images showed the crumpled vehicle lying on its roof alongside the train tracks.

Footage from street cameras aired by TV news channels showed the minibus driver manoeuvring around a lowered barrier to cross the tracks before the train struck the vehicle.

In 2018, 25 people died when a passenger train derailed in nearby Corlu. That accident was blamed on heavy rain causing an embankment to collapse.

Last year, Turkey's Chamber of Mechanical Engineers said railway accidents in the country were three times the global average, while labour unions warned that cost-cutting has led to safety issues.

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