Turkey. At least 32 dead in separate crashes at accident sites | New

At least 16 killed in Gaziantep province and at least 16 others killed in Mardin province in separate incidents.

At least 32 people have been killed in separate incidents in southeastern Turkey when vehicles rammed first responders attending earlier crashes, authorities said.

Sixteen people died when a bus crashed at an earlier crash site, regional governor Davut Gul of southeastern Gaziantep province said on Saturday. Twenty other people were injured and received treatment.

Three firefighters, two paramedics and two journalists were among those killed on the highway between Gaziantep and Nizip, Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu wrote in a tweet. The other eight dead were on the bus, he added.

“Around 10:45 a.m. this morning, a passenger bus crashed here,” Gul said, speaking from the crash site on the road east of Gaziantep.

“As firefighters, medical teams and other colleagues were responding to the accident, another bus crashed 200 meters behind. The second bus slid towards this site and struck first responders and injured people in the floor.

Television footage showed a badly damaged ambulance [Screenshot/Reuters]

Turkey’s Ilhas news agency said two of its journalists were killed after stopping to help victims of the initial crash, in which a car ran off the highway and slid down an embankment.

Television footage showed an ambulance badly damaged in the rear as the bus lay on its side along the highway.

Separately, a truck hit a site about 250 km (155 miles) east in Derik district of Mardin, where first responders were attending another crash.

Sixteen people died and 29 others were injured as a result of the Mardin incident, Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said, adding that eight of the injured were in critical condition.

Turkey’s official Anadolu news agency said an accident involving three vehicles had occurred at the same site shortly before and rescuers were already on the scene when the truck drove into the crowd.

Turkey has a poor road safety record. Some 5,362 people were killed in road accidents last year, according to the government.

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