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

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.


Libya’s navy intercepts about 150 Europe-bound migrants

Updated 19 October 2019

Libya’s navy intercepts about 150 Europe-bound migrants

  • Three rubber boats with 148 Arab and African migrants were stopped off Libya’s western towns of Zuwara and Sabrata
  • Libya has emerged as a major transit point for migrants fleeing war and poverty to Europe

CAIRO: Libya’s coast guard says it has intercepted around 150 Europe-bound migrants off the country’s Mediterranean coast.
Spokesman Ayoub Gassim said Saturday the migrants had been returned to shore and would be taken to a detention center in the capital, Tripoli.
Gassim said the three rubber boats with 148 Arab and African migrants were stopped off Libya’s western towns of Zuwara and Sabrata Friday, and included 15 women and 11 children.
Libya has emerged as a major transit point for migrants fleeing war and poverty to Europe. In recent years, the EU has partnered with Libya’s coast guard and other local groups to stem the dangerous sea crossings.
Rights groups, however, say those policies leave migrants at the mercy of armed groups or confined in squalid detention centers rife with abuses.