Congestion occurred on the Fatih Sultan Mehmet (FSM) and Bosporus bridges as a result of a protest by dump truck drivers against the closure of a dump site in İstanbul starting at around noon on Thursday.
Numerous dump truck drivers started a protest at around noon on the Anatolian side of İstanbul. The dump trucks -- setting off from Çamlıca and heading to FSM Bridge -- caused congestion on the TEM highway. A long line emerged heading towards the FSM Bridge as the large group of protesting truck drivers aimed to cross to the European side.
There was reportedly heavy traffic on the TEM highway connecting Ümraniye and Kavacık. According to the latest reports, the Bosporus Bridge was also affected by the spreading protests. Dense traffic could be seen even at the Haliç Bridge.
Meanwhile, two accidents took place on the TEM highway, causing even more traffic on the route.
The closure of the dump site in the Ömerli district by the municipality is believed to be the cause of the protests by the truck drivers.
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