Horror crash leaves family-of-11 from Blackpool injured after tourist buses collide in Turkey

One of the minibuses overturned in Turkey
One of the minibuses overturned in Turkey -Credit:IHA

Eleven members of the same family from Blackpool have reportedly been injured in a horror crash between two tourist minibuses in Turkey.

The incident happened in the Manavgat district of Antalya on Thursday (May 2) and local reports say passengers were thrown from the open-top tour vehicle upon impact. One member of the family - a 53-year-old man - is in a life-threatening condition.

Witnesses one of the semi-open vehicles smashed into the back of the other bus. It is believed it then swerved off the road and overturned - causing passengers to be thrown from the vehicle.


Several victims were given first aid at the scene, before being taken to nearby hospitals, it is understood. Images of the aftermath show injured people lying on the floor and being treated, while others were seen sitting with blankets around their shoulders.

A bright pink overturned safari bus is seen left at the side of the road in some photos. According to local reports, passengers of the overturned bus had a 'water fight' with other tourists before the crash.

Pictures from the scene of the crash
Pictures from the scene of the crash -Credit:IHA

It was not immediately clear from the Turkish reports what this entailed, says the Daily Mail. After learning of the crash, a woman saying she was a friend of the victims posted on Facebook to say that the 11 people injured were all from the same family.

She said: "Please can everyone of my family and friends please say a prayer for all the strength in the world for this beautiful family. All 11 have been in a really bad accident on holiday.

"Yous haven’t half had it hard. Only the strongest survive. I love you so all much. Wish I could be there for yous."

Both vehicles were travelling at speed and it was fortunate that nobody was killed in the incident, the witness told Turkey's IHA broadcaster. Several companies offer trips in the region to tourists wanting to see the surrounding countryside and other cultural sights.

The Manavgat district is particularly popular with tourists, and the city of Manavgat, on the coastline, is a bustling city with plenty to offer visitors.

A Foreign Office spokesperson said: "We are providing consular support to a number of British nationals following an incident in Turkey, and are in contact with the local authorities."