At least 16 dead after collision involving ambulance and bus in Turkey
A further 22 people are also said to have been injured.
At least 16 people have died and 22 more have been injured following a collision in Turkey involving an ambulance and bus, according to reports.
Hürriyet Daily News said that a passenger bus hit an ambulance, a fire truck and an outside broadcast vehicle on the TAG Gaziantep-Nizip Highway in the south-east of the country.
In a Twitter post on Saturday morning (20 August), Gaziantep Governor Davut Gül confirmed that at least 15 people had died and 22 were injured in the incident.
TAG otoyolu Gaziantep-Nizip arası 20. Km’de otobüs,kurtarma ekibi ve ambulansın karıştığı kazada ilk belirlemelere göre;
3 itfaiye personeli,
2 sağlık personeli,
2 gazeteci olmak üzere toplam 15 vatandaşımız vefat etmiş,22 vatandaşımız yaralanmıştır.
Milletimizin başı sağ olsun
— Davut GÜL (@gul_davut) August 20, 2022
However, it was later reported in multiple outlets that the death toll has risen to 16.
Of those killed, Gül said that three were firefighters, two were health personnel and two were journalists.
In a statement, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said news of the tragic accident broke the public's hearts.
"I pray God's mercy on our citizens who lost their lives in the accident and wish a speedy recovery to the injured," he added.
Hürriyet Daily News reports that an investigation to determine the cause of the collision is underway.
Gaziantep-Nizip Otoyolu’nda meydana gelen elim trafik kazası hepimizin yüreklerini dağladı.
Kazada hayatını kaybeden vatandaşlarımıza Allah’tan rahmet niyaz ediyor, yaralılara acil şifalar diliyorum.
Başımız sağ olsun.
— Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (@RTErdogan) August 20, 2022