Two different places in southern Turkey were hit by extensive traffic accidents just a few hours apart on Saturday.
Both have claimed the lives of 16 people, and both reportedly occurred after people came to help after previous accidents.
One happened in Gaziantep province.
Here, a bus was initially driven off the road on Saturday around 10.45am. When a number of people had come to the rescue, another bus crashed near the original accident site.
This is what Davut Gul, who is the regional governor of Gaziantep, tells us.
“While the emergency services, doctors and colleagues were in the process of helping, another bus drove the wrong way approximately 200 meters behind”.
“The second bus hit the scene of the accident and hit the people who had moved out, as well as the already injured”, says Davut Gul.
16 were killed in the accident and another 21 were injured. Three firefighters, four first responders and two journalists are reportedly among the dead.
A few hours later it went wrong again
A few hours after the accident, Turkey was hit by another tragedy.
About 250 kilometers further east in Derik in Mardin province, a truck crashed and hit several people.
16 people were killed and 29 injured. Eight of the injured are in critical condition.
The accident occurred “because the truck’s brakes failed”, says the Turkish Minister of Health, Fahrettin Koca, on Twitter.
The Turkish news agency Anadolu writes that an accident involving three vehicles had taken place in the same place shortly before. Rescuers had already arrived at the scene when the truck crashed into the crowd.
According to the news agency dpa, footage from the accident shows that the lorry at high speed hits people who are trying to avoid it.
Source: Politiken.dk – Forsiden by politiken.dk.
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