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10 migrants killed in Turkey van crash

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Turkish officials on Wednesday say a van crash has killed 10 migrants in north-eastern Turkey after the van driver sped past a police check-point.

Security forces had tried to stop the vehicle carrying the migrants but the driver speed off, crashing into a wall, leaving at least 30 people injured after losing control.

The nationality of the dead is yet to be announced.

The governor’s office for Edirne province said the incident occurred Wednesday in the town of Meric, near Turkey’s land border with Greece and Bulgaria. It said the van’s driver lost control at the town’s main intersection and crashed the vehicle into the wall of a store.

Migrants from the civil war in Syria and also from Afghanistan often try to pass through Turkey to reach the European Union.

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