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Three Crew Members Charged in Derailment

The World | IN BRIEF / TURKEY

July 25, 2004|From Times Wire Reports

Three crew members were arrested after a train derailed in northern Turkey, killing 37 people, but critics accused the government of using the detentions to deflect blame.

Engineers said transportation officials approved the high-speed train project despite warnings that the country's aging rail system couldn't handle it. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan inaugurated the project last month, brushing aside experts' concerns.

No cause has been found for the derailment, but sabotage has been ruled out.

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