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World Turkey: 17 people, mainly migrants, killed in road accident

12:26  30 march  2018
12:26  30 march  2018 Source:   ap.org

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ANKARA, Turkey – A senior official says 17 people , mostly migrants , were killed in a road accident in the eastern Turkish province of Igdir. Another 36 were injured in the accident late Thursday. Igdir Governor Enver Unlu said Friday that a minivan packed with migrants hit a light pole and caught fire.

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A senior official says 17 people , mostly migrants , were killed in a road accident in the eastern Turkish province of Igdir. Another 36 were injured in the accident late Thursday. Igdir Governor Enver Unlu said Friday that a minivan packed with migrants hit a light pole

A wreckage of a minibus, carrying migrants, is seen after it crashed into a light pole and caught fire in Igdir, Turkey on March 30, 2018. Seventeen undocumented migrants were killed and 36 injured  including Afghan, Pakistani and Iranian nationals, entered Turkey illegally from the Iranian border. © Bulent Mavzer/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images A wreckage of a minibus, carrying migrants, is seen after it crashed into a light pole and caught fire in Igdir, Turkey on March 30, 2018. Seventeen undocumented migrants were killed and 36 injured including Afghan, Pakistani and Iranian nationals, entered Turkey illegally from the Iranian border.

ANKARA, Turkey — A senior official says 17 people, mostly migrants, were killed in a road accident in the eastern Turkish province of Igdir.

Another 36 were injured in the accident late Thursday.

Igdir Governor Enver Unlu said Friday that a minivan packed with migrants hit a light pole and caught fire. Some of the victims died in the crash while others were killed when they were hurled into oncoming traffic and hit by another minivan that was also carrying migrants.

The state-run Anadolu agency said the migrants were from Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iran and that their vehicles had crossed into Turkey illegally from Iran.

Unlu said on arrival at the scene "we were faced with a painful migrant tragedy."

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