At least seven people are killed when the bus on which they had been traveling collided with two trucks and burst into flames in eastern Turkey, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announces.
Another 11 people were injured in the accident in Tutak, which is in Agri province near the borders with Iran and Armenia, according to Turkey’s Health Minister Fahrettin Koca.
“Seven of our citizens have lost their lives in a bus which caught fire after it overturned. I wish them God’s mercy,” Erdogan says at the end of a speech on another subject.
The passenger bus hit two trucks in Tutak, causing an enormous fire that engulfed all three vehicles and covered the highway in thick black smoke. The vehicles’ charred remains were shown on Turkish television.