Bus accident in Turkey; 14 dead


Istanbul: At least 14 people were killed in a bus accident in southern Turkey carrying school children on an excursion plunged off the road and into a canal, report said.

The bus had been bringing the pupils back from an excursion to the well-known archaeological site of Karatepe outside the city of Osmaniye yesterday when it flipped over into the canal, the Dogan news agency reported.

It said that the driver had lost control of the vehicle and an investigation was underway.

Twenty four people were being treated for injuries in hospital. Of those killed, three were female pupils, three were boys and eight were adults, it said.

Pictures published by Turkish media showed a crane hoisting the bus out of the water watched by horrified onlookers.

Many ambulances and rescue teams were dispatched to the scene. The injured were transferred to a nearby hospital for treatment. One of the injured was in critical condition, the governor of Osmaniye, Kerem Al, told late on Sunday.