At least 15 killed as truck carrying migrants crashes in Turkey: Agencies


October 14, 2018


File Photo: A Turkish Gendarme leads a group of refugees to buses to prevent them from sailing off for the Greek island of Chios by dinghies, at a beach in the western Turkish coastal town of Cesme, in Izmir province, Turkey, December 1, 2015 (Photo: Reuters)


ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Fifteen people, including children, were killed when a truck carrying migrants crashed in the western Turkish province of Izmir on Sunday, state-owned Anadolu news agency reported.

The mangled wreckage of the open top truck lay toppled over in an irrigation canal, some 20 meters below a highway from which it apparently fell after crashing through a barrier, video and photos published by Anadolu showed.

According to the private Demiroren news agency, 18 people were killed in the accident which happened in the early hours of Sunday. It said many were also injured in the crash.

Ambulances were sent to the area after the truck veered off the road while travelling from Aydin to Izmir and toppled over, Anadolu said. There were no details on the identities of the migrants.

A CNN Turk correspondent at the scene said work was continuing to try and retrieve the dead and wounded trapped beneath the truck.

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