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Turkish government refuse any blame for train crash


Turkey's main opposition party has called for the Turkish parliament to be recalled from its summer recess after the government refused to accept any blame for a high speed train crash last week in which 38 people died. Two drivers and a train manager have been charged with negligence after the train derailed on Thursday evening near the town of Pamukova in north west Turkey, on the line between Istanbul and Ankara. The train was reportedly travelling at 38km/h above the line speed limit of 80km/h when it crashed. But the government and the Turkish state railway company TCDD have come under fire from experts who had warned that the track was unsuitable for high speed services. Fast trains were brought into service without significant track upgrades.

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