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Sunday, September 20, 1998 Published at 03:56 GMT 04:56 UK

World: Asia-Pacific

About 40 killed in bus-train collision in Turkmenistan

As many as forty people are reported to have been killed in a collision between a bus and a train in Turkmenistan.

The accident took place on Friday night at a level crossing near the capital, Ashkhabad.

A railway official said the bus was carrying about sixty people, who were returning from a wedding.

He said many of the victims were women and children.

The Russian news agency Itar-Tass quoted doctors as saying the driver had been under the influence of alcohol.

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