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9 dead after train crashes into minibus in Turkey

Rescue workers and onlookers are seen after a train crashed into a minibus near the Mediterranean port city of Mersin, Turkey, Thursday, March 20, 2014. (AP Photo)

ANKARA: A passenger train crashed into a minibus that was carrying workers to a factory in Turkey Thursday, killing at least nine people and injuring five others.

Basri Guzeloglu, the local governor, said the train slammed into the vehicle at a level crossing near the Mediterranean port city of Mersin.

All the dead were in the vehicle. Three of the injured were said to be in a serious condition.

Guzeloglu said the cause of the accident would be investigated, but media reports suggested a signaling fault that saw the crossing's barrier arms up at the time of the accident.

No one aboard the train, traveling from the southern city of Adana to Mersin, was hurt.

 

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