Road accident on Bolu Mountain kills 6, injures 31

May 21, 2010, Friday/ 15:59:00/ ERCAN YILDIZ
Six people died and 31 were injured in a traffic accident on the TEM highway-Bolu Mountain pass in Düzce’s Kaynaşlı district on Wednesday night.According to news reports, a bus driven by Timur Dilli was heading to İstanbul from Ankara. The bus, belonging to Cappadocia Göreme Tourism, collided with a truck after Dilli fell asleep at the wheel.

Dilli, bus attendant Betül Taner and passengers Kadir Özer, Ahmet Bozkurt, Ahmet Duran and Naime Soylu died in the accident, while 31 others sustained injuries. News reports revealed that both a Canadian and a Japanese citizen were on the bus. Both are in the hospital in critical condition. Durmuş Kahraman, the driver of the truck, was not injured in the accident.

Arriving at the scene, a rescue team from the Düzce Municipality removed the injured people trapped inside the bus, and ambulances rushed the injured to nearby hospitals, including Düzce Atatürk State Hospital, Düzce University’s Medical School Hospital and the private Hayri Sivrikaya Hospital.

An ambulance driven by Harun Danacı overturned on the same road due to a slippery surface while it was returning from the scene of the accident to its base. Three passengers, including Danacı and two nurses, were injured. The ambulance was not carrying any casualties as additional ambulances had been called to the scene. The ambulance personnel were taken to a hospital in another ambulance.

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