Turkey: At least 32 dead and 51 injured in duplicate road crashes

2022-08-21 10:27:59
Turkey: At least 32 dead and 51 injured in duplicate road crashes

At least 32 people were killed in two major road accidents in southeastern Turkey on Saturday, local media reported, with both tragedies unfolding in a similar manner.

A first crash involving a bus and an ambulance killed 15 people and injured 31 more on a motorway in Gaziantep province, said local officials, revising an earlier toll of 16.

Governor Davut Gul said earlier that the accident had involved "a bus, an emergency team and an ambulance" on the route between the provincial capital Gaziantep and Nizip, France 24 reported.

The DHA news agency said a passenger bus had crashed into an ambulance, a firefighting truck, and a vehicle carrying journalists at the site of a previous crash.

Three paramedics, three firefighters, and two journalists from Turkey's Ilhas news agency were among those killed, local media reported.

Photos on Turkey's DHA news agency showed the back of an ambulance ripped out and metal debris strewn around it.

Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag has announced an investigation into the crash.

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