9 Syrians Die As Overcrowded Minibus Crashes In Northwest Turkey
Nine Syrian nationals have died when an overcrowded minibus they were travelling in hit a wall in the northwestern Turkish province of Balıkesir.
Havran district governor Yasin Öztürk said nine people died and 31 others were injured in the accident near the Sapcı region.
Özturk said that the minibus was carrying almost 40 Syrians although its capacity is 25, and that the refugees inside it were en route to Ayvalık town in western Turkey.
“Eight people died at the scene. Many injured people were taken to nearby hospitals. But one of those injured could not be saved,” Öztürk said.
“We are afraid of the death toll rising,” he added.
At least some of those who died or injured in the accident are thought to be refugees, as Turkish security forces found life buoys in the wrecked minibus.