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Death toll rises in Turkish train crash

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  • Railways open Friday following Thursday's deadly crash in in western Turkey
  • Turkey has suffered a spate of deadly train crashes in recent years
  • In August 2004, 50 people were killed in two separate train crashes
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ISTANBUL, Turkey (CNN) -- The death toll in a train crash in Turkey has risen to five, Turkish State Railways said Friday.

Railways were open Friday, a day after the crash, which occurred between Karakoy and Ayvali in Bilecik province in western Turkey.

Turkey has a history of deadly train wrecks.

Nine people were killed when an Istanbul-to-Denizli train derailed in January 2008.

In November 2005, a passenger train collided with a truck carrying workers in southern Turkey. Nine people died and several others were hurt.

Two passenger trains collided head-on southeast of Istanbul in August 2004, killing six people and injuring as many as 40.

A month earlier, a train traveling to Denizli slammed into a minibus when the driver of the minibus ignored signals warning of the advancing train and tried to cross the tracks, officials said. Fourteen people were killed, including five children.

The same month, a train traveling faster than it should have been derailed east of Istanbul, killing 36 people and injuring 81.

-- CNN's Ivan Watson contributed to this report.

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