17 migrants killed in minibus crash in Turkey’s east
IĞDIR – Anadolu Agency
The minibus caught fire after hitting the pole on the Iğdır-Kars highway in the Iğdır province.
The migrants, including Afghan, Pakistani and Iranian nationals, had entered Turkey from the Iranian border.
Speaking to state-run Anadolu Agency, deputy provincial health director Taner Başaran said 50 people were in the vehicle, of which the passenger capacity was only 14.
However, it was later learned that the vehicle was carrying more than 50 people.
Also, 13 more undocumented migrants inside another minibus — which was moving with the other one — were held by security forces.
Later, Iğdır Governor Enver Ünlü said the second vehicle hit some of the migrants, who were thrown from the vehicle as it hit the pole.
Stating that the driver was also among those killed, Ünlü expressed sadness over the accident.
Gendarmerie forces, a fire brigade squad, disaster and emergency management teams and medical teams rushed to the scene soon after the incident.
The injured, including some in serious condition, were taken to the Iğdır State Hospital, while the fire was extinguished by the firefighters.