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A PASSENGER train smashed into a water tanker at a level crossing in an Istanbul suburb today, killing the truck driver.
Two of the train's carriages were derailed and toppled over in the accident in the district of Bahcesehir, a suburb on the European side of Turkey's largest city, a spokesman for the state railways said.
"None of our passengers were injured in the accident," he said.
"Some of the crew suffered bruises. The driver of the tanker was hospitalised with serious injuries."
News agency Anatolia said the 40-year-old driver later died in hospital.
Railway sources said the truck driver had attempted to speed through the crossing despite a red warning light.
A series of train accidents have embarrassed the Turkish government this year and prompted calls for a major overhaul of the country's state-owned railway system.
A newly inaugurated fast train derailed in north-western Turkey on July 22, killing 37 people and injuring some 80 others.
Another eight people died and 88 were hurt three weeks later when two trains collided head-on in the same region.
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