Train crashes into minibus in Turkey, 10 dead

AFP , Thursday 20 Mar 2014

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 (Photo: AP)

A commuter train smashed into a minibus on a railway track in southern Turkey on Thursday, killing 10 people and injuring several others.

The bus, which was carrying workers to an industrial zone in the Mediterranean province of Mersin, was hit because the driver proceeded to cross the track "carelessly", the private Dogan News Agency reported, citing witnesses.

It added however that the crossing's barrier was up at the time of the accident.

All of the dead were in the minibus. Four people were also taken to hospital with injuries, Dogan said.

The train was travelling from the southern city of Adana to nearby Mersin.

Ambulances rushed to the scene after the accident.

"The area of the accident looks like a war zone," a Dogan reporter said. "Those who are injured are receiving treatment from medical teams."

Fatal road accidents are frequent in Turkey, largely due to reckless driving.

In January, at least 21 people were killed when a bus rolled over several times in the dead of night in central Turkey in one of the deadliest accidents in recent years.

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