At least 15 killed in bus crash in Turkey

A passenger bus crashed Saturday into emergency teams handling an earlier road accident in southern Turkey, leaving at least 15 people dead and nearly two dozen injured, officials said.

Bus crash leaves at least 15 dead in Turkey
Emergency and rescue teams attend the scene after a bus crash accident on the highway between Gaziantep and Nizip in southern Turkey on August 20, 2022.

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Three firefighters, two paramedics and two journalists were among those killed on the highway between Gaziantep and Nizip, Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu tweeted. The other eight casualties were on the bus, he added.

Gaziantep Gov. said. Davut Gul said 22 other people were injured in the incident.

Ilhas News Agency said two of its journalists were killed after stopping to help victims of the first accident, in which a car veered off the highway and slid down an embankment.

Television footage showed an ambulance with severe damage to its rear as the bus was on its side next to the highway.

Turkey has a poor road safety record. Some 5,362 people died in traffic accidents last year, according to the government.