At least 12 people were killed, and 31 others were injured, three of them were critical, in a multi-vehicle collision in the Hatay region of southern Turkey, according to officials.
Late Saturday, a truck’s driver lost control and went into opposing lanes, striking nine cars and two minibusses in the process, according to the state-run Anadolu news agency.
Friends and family members say goodbye to soldiers heading to do their necessary military service as several cars are parked on the side of the road close to a gas station.
Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said fires started on the Iskenderun–Antakya highway. The minister tweeted that the Topbogazli scene had received 22 ambulances and three medical rescue teams.
In a tweet, he said: “May God have mercy on our citizens who lost their life. I convey my condolences to their families. “We will work as hard as we can to help the injured get well as soon as possible.”
Hatay was one of the 11 Turkish provinces impacted by the earthquake that struck Turkey on February 6 and left large portions of Turkey and Syria in ruins. Turkey saw a minimum of 50,783 fatalities, according to the authorities.
The truck, hauling excavated earthquake material, struck another truck before crossing the highway at around 7 o’clock, according to the private Demiroren news agency. time zone (1600 GMT).
According to a witness named Ali Sarrac, some of the dead had burned to death. As rescue crews worked to keep people away from the fire, images showed burning vehicles.