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6 killed and 26 wounded after a bus with soldiers overturned in Turkey

The bus was carrying a group of soldiers who were to board for Cyprus. Among the deceased are both drivers. Everything points to a brake failure.

At least 6 people were killed and 26 others wounded, 10 of them seriously, after a bus carrying a group of soldiers overturned on Monday in southern Turkey’s Mersin province, Turkish media reported.

According to the information, citing sources from the province governor’s office, among the deceased, in addition to 4 soldiers, were the two bus drivers, who died on the spot as a result of the accident, which occurred in the Mut district, about 200 kilometres west of the city of Mersin. Ten people seriously wounded were rushed to hospitals in the area.

For now, the cause of the accident is unknown, although some media have suggested from survivors’ testimonies that the bus driver did not manage to maneuver the vehicle well when exiting a curve and lost control, causing it to overturn outside the highway. However, Mersin Governor Ali İhsan Su told reporters during a visit to the wounded soldiers that early indications pointed to a brake failure.

“It was a civilian bus carrying soldiers. The cause of the accident was probably a brake failure, but the investigation continues,” the governor said. The soldiers were heading to the port of Taşucu, on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey, where they were to be sent to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. Defense Minister Hulusi Akar and the commander of the Land Forces, General Ümit Dündar, have visited the place of the accident.