Alanya is a popular holiday destination along Turkey's Mediterranean coast.

Long-distance buses are a common mode of transport for locals and tourists alike, with hundreds of companies operating services throughout Turkey.

High-profile accidents are not uncommon: In 2008, for example, a bus veered off a roadin eastern Turkey's Agri province, killing 16 Iranian tourists.

And a 2006 crash killed more than a dozen passengers when a bus drove into a riverin the central Tokat province.