Bus breaks water pipe, passengers barely escape drowning

An İstanbul bus broke open a city water pipe on Monday following a crash. (Photo: Cihan, Nuri Soylu)

February 19, 2013, Tuesday/ 14:51:00

Passengers on an İstanbul city bus were lucky to survive on Tuesday afternoon when water flooded the bus following a traffic accident.

The incident took place in İstanbul's Ümraniye district after the bus collided with a car and then hit a water pipe. The bus wound up on top of the broken pipe, and streams of pressurized water began to fill the bus as passengers struggled to exit. Three passengers were injured.

Streets and houses close to the scene also flooded, and teams of firefighters helped to remove the water.

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