Eleven killed, 46 injured in Turkey bus crash

Rescue workers attend the scene after a bus crashed into trees on the side of a road in Eskisehir, Turkey, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018. (DHA-Depo Photos via AP)
Updated 20 January 2018
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Eleven killed, 46 injured in Turkey bus crash

ISTANBUL: Eleven people were killed and 46 injured when a Turkish intercity bus taking families bound for a half-term skiing trip crashed into trees while traveling on a motorway, local officials said.
The bus, which was making an overnight journey from the capital Ankara to the western city of Bursa, crashed in the region of Eskisehir amid good road conditions, Eskisehir governor Ozdemir Cakacak was quoted as saying by the Dogan news agency.
The road was empty and neither wet nor frozen, Cakacak said, vowing that the causes would be made clear.
Dogan reported that the passengers on the bus were mainly families with their children who were going to Bursa to spend the upcoming half-term at the popular Uludag ski resort nearby.
The news agency did not say if any children were among those killed.
The two drivers, who were both lightly injured, have been detained and prosecutors launched an investigation, Dogan said.
Turkey has a dire road safety record with over a million accidents in 2016 and 7,300 people losing their lives, according to official statistics.


Turkey says has capacity to create ‘safe zone’ in Syria alone

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Turkey says has capacity to create ‘safe zone’ in Syria alone

Turkey has the capacity to create a "safe zone" in Syria on its own but will not exclude the United States, Russia or others if they want to cooperate, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Thursday.

Speaking to broadcaster A Haber, he said Ankara and Moscow were on the same page regarding a Syrian political solution aside from the issue of whether President Bashar al-Assad should stay in office. He added that Turkey was in indirect contact with the Syrian government, without providing details.