15 dead, 70 injured in Tunisia train accident

June 17, 2015 5:17 am 

TUNIS, June 16 — At least 15 people were killed and 70 more injured when a train hit a truck in south of the capital Tunis on Tuesday, in one of the worst rail accidents in the country's history, according to the Interior Ministry.

A large truck hit the train causing 14 dead at first. The 15th victim died on the way to hospital.

Most of the dead were passengers on the derailed train, according to the transport authority.

The Interior Ministry said the train was heading from the town of Gaafour, some 120 km southwest of Tunis, to the capital during the morning rush hour, when the tragedy occurred near El Fahes, some 60 km to Tunis, at around 6:30 a.m. local time (0530 GMT).

Initial investigation shows that both drivers were over speeding before the collision. (PNA/Xinhua)

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