Bus crash near Turkey's Marmaris kills 24 people

Officials said the bus, carrying mostly women and children, fell 15 metres down a cliff near holiday town of Marmaris.

    President Recep Tayyip Erdogan offered condolences to the families of the victims [Kenan Gurbuz/Reuters]
    President Recep Tayyip Erdogan offered condolences to the families of the victims [Kenan Gurbuz/Reuters]

    At least 24 people have been killed and 10 wounded when a bus carrying Turkish tourists crashed near the southwestern holiday town of Marmaris, local authorities said on Saturday.

    Television footage from the scene in western Mugla province showed a yellow bus lying on its side surrounded by ambulances.

    Authorities said the tour bus topped over, fell 15 metres down a cliff and hit a car on a mountain road.

    Authorities said the cause of the crash remains unclear [Kenan Gurbuz/Reuters]

    The local deputy governor told state-run Anadolu Agency that the driver is among the dead and most of those killed were women.

    Mugla Governor Amir Cicek said the bus "most probably" suffered a brake failure and officials would look into the details. 

    Anadolu Agency also said the bus was in a convoy of six, carrying mostly women and children for a Mother's Day event. It was travelling from the western city of Izmir.

    President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in a written statement, offered condolences to the families of the victims and wished a speedy recovery to the injured.

     

    SOURCE: News agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    How different voting systems work around the world

    How different voting systems work around the world

    Nearly two billion voters in 52 countries around the world will head to the polls this year to elect their leaders.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    Will you push the boundaries or play it safe?

    Will you push the boundaries or play it safe?

    Curate an art exhibition and survive Thailand's censorship crackdown in this interactive game.