Turkey bus crash kills ten passengers as 39 left injured during severe weather

Ten people have died after a horror bus crash in Turkey with another 39 people injured.

Emergency services rushed to the scene after a coach collided with two other cars and a truck during bad weather on Sunday.

It's reported that the bus, which was carrying passengers, skidded into the opposite lane and crashed causing a huge pile up on a main highway.

Police, ambulances and fire engines scrambled to the scene in Yenice, in southern Turkey, the Mirror reports. The bus was said to have been travelling from Diyarbakır to Istanbul.

Pictures that have been released capture the aftermath of the crash as emergency crews could be seen around the wreckage.

Shocking images showed the yellow bus with a huge white truck smashed up beside it. One of the cars involved was destroyed, with pieces of the wreckage spotted across the road.

Interior minister Ali Yerlikaya has paid tribute to the victims as he confirmed the death count. He wrote on Twitter: "A passenger bus going from Diyarbakır to Istanbul collided with 2 passenger cars and 1 truck on the highway in Yenice District, Tarsus District, Mersin Province."

He added: "According to initial findings, unfortunately, 10 [of] our citizens lost their lives and 39 [of] our citizens were injured. May God have mercy on our citizens who lost their lives in the accident and patience to their families; I wish a speedy recovery to our injured. My condolences to our nation."

An investigation has been launched, authorities confirmed.

The tragedy comes after two tourist mini buses crashed in the Manavgat district of Antalya, Turkey, earlier this month. Among those injured were seven British family members who were with a group of eleven people from Blackpool. Danielle, a trainee trauma counsellor, told the BBC that her six-year-old son, Reggie, was hanging out of the window, but she managed to pull him back in just in time.

“He would have been under the vehicle if he hadn’t been sitting next to me,” she said. "I just can't believe it's happened to us."A Foreign Office spokesperson said at the time: "We are providing consular support to a number of British nationals following an incident in Turkey, and are in contact with the local authorities."

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