ISTANBUL: Two distinct traffic accidents in Turkiye on Saturday resulted in at least 32 fatalities and several injuries, each in locations where collisions had occurred earlier in the day.
In the first collision, a bus and an ambulance collided on a highway in the province of Gaziantep, killing 16 people and injuring 21, while a truck driver ploughed into pedestrians in the town of Derik in the province of Mardin, killing at least 16 people and injuring close to 30.
On the road between the province capital Gaziantep and Nizip, the first accident involved “a bus, an emergency team, and an ambulance,” according to governor Davut Gul.At least 16 people were killed and around to 30 injured when a truck driver ploughed into pedestrians in Derik, Mardin province, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said.
This event happened as emergency personnel were responding to a previous incident at the scene. According to Koca’s tweet, the disaster happened “when a lorry’s breaks failed and it crashed into a crowd.”
The Foreign Office of Pakistan issued a statement shortly after the initial accident expressing its condolences for the tragic deaths.