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Turkish train collides with bus
Derailed train near Mekece, north-west Turkey, 22 July 2004
There have been two train crashes in Turkey in three days
At least 14 people are reported to have been killed when a train crashed into a minibus in western Turkey.

The Anatolia news agency said six other people were hurt in the collision on tracks running from Aydin to the western coastal city of Izmir.

Local reports said all those killed and injured were in the minibus.

The accident came three days after an express train from Istanbul to Ankara derailed in Turkey's north-west, killing 37 people and injuring 81.

It is not known why the minibus was on the tracks at the time of the crash.

Footage from NTV television showed rescuers carrying bodybags from the wreckage of the bus.

On Saturday, two drivers and a train chief appeared in court charged in connection with Thursday's crash.

Unions have said the express train was put into service last month on substandard tracks.

The BBC's Juliet Dunlop
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