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Two trains collide in Turkey: report

world Updated: Jan 03, 2010 16:29 IST

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Two passengers trains collided in northwestern Turkey on Sunday, injuring one of the engine drivers and some passengers, officials and media reports said. The state run-Anatolia news agency said rescuers were working to remove some passengers trapped inside the wreck of one of the cars. The Transportation Ministry said the accident occurred near the city of Bilecik, some 250 miles (400 kilometers) southwest of Istanbul after one of the drivers failed to stop at a signal and rammed into the other train, which was stationary. The trains were traveling between Istanbul and the city of Eskisehir.

Turkey's government has been working to improve the country's rail system, which is beset by signaling malfunctions, ill-equipped trains, deteriorating tracks and a lack of barriers at level crossings.

In Turkey's worst train accident in recent years, a newly inaugurated high-speed train from Istanbul to Ankara derailed in 2004, killing 37 people and injuring 95 others.