World Bulletin/News Desk
Traffic accidents on Tuesday and Wednesday claimed at least 28 lives across the country.
According to news agencies, at least seven people died in an accident in Yahyalı, a district in the Central Anatolian province of Kayseri, on Wednesday. A midibus carrying 34 passengers, including teachers and their families, fell into the Çamlıca 3 Dam after the bus's brakes failed.
Emergency teams arrived at the scene along with search and rescue teams and an air ambulance. Those seriously injured were hospitalized. Medical staff are concerned that the death toll could rise. Kayseri Governor Şerif Yılmaz said many passengers were either killed or injured in the crash, but did not provide further details.
In Ankara five people died on Wednesday when the driver of a car lost control of the vehicle on the Ankara-Samsun highway. The vehicle rolled over and crashed into a median barrier, leaving two dead at the scene. Paramedics arrived and rescued three severely injured people, but they later died in hospital.
In the eastern province of Erzurum, three people were killed and 21 injured in an accident. The driver of the bus lost control of the vehicle due to brake failure. The bus crashed into the side barriers, leaving three people, including the driver, dead at the scene while 21 others were injured. Emergency services arrived and took the injured to a nearby hospital.
An accident that occurred in the eastern province of Van on Tuesday evening killed six people. A truck crossed into the other lane due to a tire blowout and hit another vehicle coming the other way. The truck fell into a ditch, killing five at the scene, and another person died after being taken to hospital. A detailed investigation was launched by the police into the incident.
One person was killed while trying to cross the road on Wednesday in Alanya, a town in the western province of Antalya. Ayşe Koç was hit by a minibus as she was crossing the road in the morning. Paramedics had to rescue her from under the vehicle. The police have apprehended the driver.
Another accident claimed one life in Kula, a district of the Aegean province of Manisa, on Tuesday evening. A vehicle hit a car from behind while trying to overtake. With the impact, the driver of the car in front lost control of the vehicle and hit a cement mixer, leaving him seriously injured. The emergency team took the man to the hospital, where he later died.
Five other people were also killed in accidents that took place in the provinces of Kastamonu, Elazığ, Diyarbakır and İstanbul.
According to a report released by Turkey's Traffic Education and Research Office in December 2012, sideswipes were reported to be the most frequent type of traffic accident, followed by striking pedestrians, going off the road, rollovers and rear-end collisions.
Driver error was cited as the primary cause of accidents at 88 percent, followed by pedestrian error at 10 percent, while technical problems with vehicles and road conditions accounted for 2 percent. The most frequently cited driver fault was “exceeding traffic speed limits or weather-related speed limits.” Right-of-way violations, improper overtaking, failing to keep a safe distance and incorrectly changing lanes were among other driver faults listed in the report.
The report found that cars, vans and motorbikes were the vehicles most often involved in accidents.
The report also stated that 111,519 driver's licenses were revoked in 2012 and that the reason behind 87 percent of the revocations was drunk driving. Although driving under the influence was not cited as one of the top reasons for traffic accidents, it ranked first among the reasons for license revocation.Last Mod: 01 Mayıs 2013, 17:36