At least 32 people have died in Turkey in two separate road accidents in Gaziantep and Mardin provinces. They happened in places where other road incidents had previously occurred.
The first accident happened near Gaziantep. As a result of the coach hitting the ambulance, which had arrived at the place where a passenger car had previously crashed, 16 people were killed and 20 were injured. The bus also damaged a fire engine standing there and the car of the journalistic team, and fell 200 meters away.
According to the governor of Gaziantep Davut Gul, the deaths include, among others, three firefighters, four health workers and two drone operators from a Turkish news agency.
The Ilhas news agency said two of its journalists were killed after they pulled over to help victims of the first accident.
The accident happened on the highway connecting Gaziantep and Nizip.
Turkey’s vice president Fuat Oktay said ambulance workers and journalists “lost their lives in the service.”
Another similar incident. Another 16 people are dead
The second accident occurred in Mardin, 250 kilometers east. The speeding truck ran into the people in the place where there had previously been another accident.
Sixteen people were killed and 29 others were injured, said Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca, adding that eight of the injured were in critical condition.
Turkey has a bad road safety record. According to government figures, 5,362 people died in road accidents last year.
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