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Istanbul enshrouded in dense fog

ISTANBUL – Turkish Daily News | 1/14/2005 12:00:00 AM |

Dense fog hovering over the Istanbul and Marmara regions since Monday has disrupted road, maritime and air traffic

Dense fog hovering over the Istanbul and Marmara regions since Monday has disrupted road, maritime and air traffic.

Due to a visibility range of only 30 meters, ferry trips were cancelled in the Istanbul and Çanakkale straits during evening. On Wednesday, all trips of the Istanbul City Ferry Line from 8:00 a.m. on were cancelled. Service resumed yesterday morning. Transit passes of vessels looking to navigate through area waterways were also suspended. The fog caused delays for a number of flights at Atatürk Airport. Some aircraft landed at Sabiha Gökçen Airport instead of Atatürk, causing problems and delays for thousands of passengers.

The dense fog contributed an increase in traffic accidents as well. A truck driving from Istanbul to Ankara on the TEM highway hit a car. Some 27 vehicles, including two buses, were eventually involved in the pile-up. One person died and 21 were wounded in the accident. Another traffic accident involving 30 cars was caused by icy roads and low visibility on the Kovaderesi viaduct, also on the TEM highway, injuring 36 people, seven of them seriously.

It has been reported that fog in the Marmara region will turn to mainly rain today.  

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