Road accident kills at least 16 people in Turkey

A passenger bus has collided with emergency teams handling an earlier road accident in southern Turkey, killing at least 16 people and injuring 22 others.

According to international media, three firefighters, two paramedics and two journalists were among those killed on the highway between Gaziantep and Nizip, Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu wrote in a tweet on Saturday. The other eight deaths were on the bus, he added.

 

As per media reports, two journalists were killed after pulling over to help the victims of the initial accident, in which a car came off the highway and slid down an embankment.

Television footage showed an ambulance with severe damage to its rear while the bus lay on its side alongside the highway.

As per international media, Turkey has a poor record of road safety. Some 5,362 people were killed in traffic accidents last year, according to the government.

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