Swede dead in tourist bus crash in Turkey
A 14-year-old Swedish boy died in a tourist bus accident in the Turkish resort of Alanya, Friday. On Saturday afternoon, tour operator Ving said that the condition of two Swedish bus passengers in critical condition in hospital had improved, with one of them now out of intensive care. Four Swedes also left hospital on Saturday afternoon with six remaining.
According to Turkish media, the cause of the accident was down to breaks failure. A security camera captured the bus rounding a corner at high speed and overturning. Passengers are seen scrambling out of the bus.
The Swedes were on their way back to their hotel in Alanya after a an excursion to the Taurus Mountains arranged by their Swedish charter company Ving when the accident happened. No other vehicle was involved.
Of the 27 Scandinavians onboard, 13 were Swedes. News agency Ritzau writes that a 68-year-old Danish woman also died.
After the accident, all bus passengers were taken to three different hospitals.
Staff from Ving have been in place with the injured Swedes in hospital.
"We are doing all that we can to support them as much as possible, as well as the relatives of the deceased. We are also in contact with the Norwegian Seamen's Church in place for those who want to talk and we have had contact with SOS," she says.
According to Charlotte Hallencreutz , Ving carries out regular safety checks on all its coaches.
"There are very high safety requirements for our bus suppliers. There should be regular checks. But what has happened in this case we do not know yet. The police investigation will tell us."
The Swedish Foreign Ministry has been informed about the accident and on Saturday is sending staff from the Consulate General in Istanbul to Alanya.
Although various media reports in Turkey say the accident was down to faulty breaks on the coach, no official cause has been given by the police.