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Eleven killed, 46 injured in Turkey bus crash: Official

Eleven people were killed and 46 injured when a Turkish intercity bus crashed into trees while travelling on a motorway

world Updated: Jan 20, 2018 14:51 IST
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The bus was making an overnight journey from the capital Ankara to the western city of Bursa.(Twitter Photo)

Eleven people were killed and 46 injured when a Turkish intercity bus taking families bound for a half-term skiing trip crashed into trees while travelling on a motorway, local officials said.

The bus, which was making an overnight journey from the capital Ankara to the western city of Bursa, crashed in the region of Eskisehir amid good road conditions, Eskisehir governor Ozdemir Cakacak was quoted as saying by the Dogan news agency.

The road was empty and neither wet nor frozen, Cakacak said, vowing that the causes would be made clear.

Dogan reported that the passengers on the bus were mainly families with their children who were going to Bursa to spend the upcoming half-term at the popular Uludag ski resort nearby.

The news agency did not say if any children were among those killed.

The two drivers, who were both lightly injured, have been detained and prosecutors launched an investigation, Dogan said.

Turkey has a dire road safety record with over a million accidents in 2016 and 7,300 people losing their lives, according to official statistics.

First Published: Jan 20, 2018 14:45 IST