Tunisian authorities say a passenger train has smashed into a semi-trailer truck on tracks west of the capital, killing 17 people and injuring a further 70.

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Interior Ministry spokesman Mohammed Ali Aroui said the crash happened at 6:30 a.m. outside the town of Fahs, approximately 100 kilometers (60 miles) west of the capital, Tunis, where the train was heading.

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He added that ambulances have been sent from neighboring cities to transport the injured to hospitals.

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Tunisian Radio Mosaique said the driver of the train and truck were among the victims.