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Two killed at level crossing

Two people were killed on Saturday when a train crashed into a car on a level crossing near Xanthi in northeastern Greece, after the driver ignored warning signals. The 28-year-old man behind the wheel of the car reportedly failed to stop at the barrier and attempted to cross the tracks before the train passed through the village of Polysito. The driver and his 20-year-old passenger were both killed instantly when the Alexandroupolis-Thessaloniki train slammed into the vehicle. Neither of the victims was named. Nobody on board the train was injured and the line was reopened one hour later. Deaths at level crossings are not uncommon in Greece. More than 15 people were killed in this manner in 2006 but an awareness campaign launched last year appeared to be helping reduce the number of deaths.