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Two Passenger Trains Collide; Two Killed, 60 Injured

March 4, 1990

POLATLI, Turkey (AP) _ Two passenger trains collided head-on Sunday, killing at least two people and injuring 60, the Anatolia news agency said.

Causes of the crash in Polatli, 45 miles southwest of Ankara, were not immediately clear.

A train from Ankara heading for Istanbul rammed into an Ankara-bound train from the Aegean coastal city of Izmir, the news agency said.

Thirty-three of the injured passengers were hospitalized, four in serious condition, said Anatolia.

The engineer of the Ankara-bound train died and rescue workers later pulled the body of a passenger from a derailed car, the agency said.

Anatolia quoted the engineer of the Istanbul-bound train as saying he stepped on the brakes then jumped from the train just before impact.

A passenger fom Izmir, Bulent Isiten, said his train had just stopped at the Polatli station and was gaining speed before the collision.

″I think the other train was coming at a very high speed,″ Isiten told Anatolia.

Signal failure or error by one of the engineers may have caused the crash, said Birkan Erdal, director of Turkey’s railway authority.

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