ANKARA: A bus carrying Afghan, Pakistani and Bangladeshi travelers collapsed in eastern Turkey early on Sunday, eliminating at the very least 12 individuals and wounding 26 others, regional authorities stated.
The accident occurred in Van province’s Muradiye area near the Turkish boundary with Iran, where the vehicle caught fire after detecting a ditch, 2 local sources with information on the matter told Reuters.
The identifications of those eliminated in the crash were not quickly clear, both sources said, adding that the proprietor of the bus had been detained.
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Turkey has been a key transit point for travelers intending to cross into Europe. Migrants, mostly from Iran, Afghanistan as well as Pakistan, regularly cross the Iranian border right into Turkey on foot prior to being transported west to cities such as Istanbul as well as Ankara.
Television broadcasts revealed moaning survivors being treated by the roadside as emergency workers sifted via the burnt-out wreckage.
The planned United States withdrawal from Afghanistan has provided added inspiration to boys attempting the mountainous route, according to Metin Corabatir, head of state of the Ankara-based Centre for Asylum as well as Migration Studies.
In June 2020, greater than 60 travelers drowned in Lake Van when their boat sank.