25 dead in Turkish accident

2011-12-21 20:20

Ankara - Twenty-five people including 15 students were killed on Wednesday when a brick-loaded truck collided with a bus in south-eastern Turkey, the local governor said.

The crash took place near Salat village in Diyarbakir province, and 16 people were injured in the crash, Anatolia news agency quoted provincial governor Mustafa Toprak as saying.

Twenty-four of the victims died at the accident scene, while another died in hospital in neighbouring Batman province, Toprak added. Four of the injured people were in critical condition, Toprak told NTV news channel.

The rector of Siirt University said 15 of the dead were students from the university, Anatolia said.

The bus was going to Siirt province from Diyarbakir.

Television footage showed dead bodies lying on the road, and loads of bricks alongside wrecked vehicles.

Toprak said speeding caused the accident.

Deadly road accidents are a daily occurrence in Turkey, where respect for traffic rules is minimal.

According to police figures, some 4 000 people were killed and more than 211 000 injured in about 1.1 million traffic accidents across the country in 2010.