Death toll rises to three in Istanbul tree accident
ISTANBUL – Doğan News AgencyThe death toll has risen to three in the “tree accident” in Istanbul’s Beykoz district, after one of the injured women died Sept. 14.
A tree fell down on customers at an Istanbul cafe on Sept. 9, killing two women.
Suzan Özpeynirci, the owner of the cafe, was seriously wounded on her head and was rushed to hospital after the incident. She died in hospital yesterday and was set to be buried in Istanbul. Two women, Naime Hülya Bayrak, 60, and Ayfer Ayla Bulut, 66, both retired teachers, died at the scene on Sept.9.
The incident occurred at a teahouse in Beykoz Grove, a leafy area on the Asian side of the city.
Witnesses said the tree, presumably 50-60 years old, suddenly became uprooted moments before it fell in two pieces on unsuspecting café customers.
Medical teams and firefighters immediately rushed to assess the aftermath of the deadly accident.
Police have started an investigation.