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Turkey's union: New train line calls for disaster

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United Transportation Workers Union Secretary-General Hasan Bektas warned that the opening of the Istanbul-Ankara high-speed train line on Friday will be an invitation for disaster.

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"Missing signalization systems have created a major safety vulnerability and is an invitation for disaster," said Secretary-General, who said that safety and signalization systems on the high-speed route between the Istanbul suburb of Pendik and the city of Eskisehir have not been completed or are missing entirely.

The high-speed line has been plagued with disasters for over a decade, as Tuesday marked the 10th anniversary of a crash that killed 41 people when an Ankara-bound train derailed. The cause of the accident was due to outdated tracks that could not handle trains traveling at high speeds.

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