Bus crash in Turkey injures French tourists

AP News
Posted: Oct 28, 2010 7:24 AM
Bus crash in Turkey injures French tourists

A bus carrying French tourists slammed into a car on Thursday, killing the car's driver and injuring at least 18 passengers, an official said.

Earlier, local governor Salih Isik said seven people, including six French citizens, were killed in the accident. He later corrected himself, saying six French passengers were in the hospital, with serious injuries and that the error stemmed from initial "mayhem" at the crash site.

French embassy officials were not immediately available for comment.

The accident occurred near the Mediterranean resort of Antalya. Ambulances and a helicopter transported the injured to hospitals in the area, Isik said.

The cause of accident was under investigation. But CNN-Turk television said rain and slippery road conditions may have caused the crash.

Dogan news agency video footage showed medics caring for the injured near the bus, which had flipped on its side.

Isik said the bus was carrying 25 tourists. It was traveling to the town of Demre, the birthplace of St. Nicholas, the inspiration for Santa Claus.

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Antalya, with long sandy beaches and warn climate, is a popular tourist destination.

Thousands of people are killed in traffic accidents on Turkey's roads each year because of careless driving or poor road conditions.

(This version updates with mayor correcting statement that 18 French tourists were injured, rather than 6 killed in bus crash.)