Report: 12 Injured in Train Accident in Turkey

April 20, 2012

Turkey’s state-run news agency says a freighter train has rammed into a passenger train at a train station in central Turkey, slightly injuring 12 people.

The Anadolu Agency said the accident occurred Wednesday in the town of Ulukisla in Nigde province when the freighter train ignored signals to stop. It says five passengers and seven train workers were injured but none of them are in critical condition.

Turkey is trying to improve its rail system, which is beset by signaling malfunctions, ill-equipped trains, deteriorating tracks and a lack of barriers at road 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.

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