The crash occurred near Osmaniye’s Düziçi district when a passenger bus, driven by Mehmet Hanifi, en route to Ankara, collided into the side of a truck, driven by Mehmet Dede. Three people are reportedly in critical condition. Passengers trapped in the bus were extricated by teams from the Osmaniye Civil Defense Department and the Osmaniye Municipality’s search and rescue team.
Osmaniye Deputy Governor Halit Deveci arrived at the scene with Provincial Gendarmerie Commander Col. Osman Erkol and Osmaniye Police Chief Tayfur Erdal Ceren to conduct an inspection. Speaking to the Anatolia news agency, Deveci said the passenger bus collided with a truck carrying rocks at about 3:00 a.m. on Sunday. He said the injured were taken to hospitals in Düziçi and Osmaniye. Deveci and others who came to the scene of the accident later visited the injured passengers in the hospital. Thirteen of the casualties were released from Osmaniye State Hospital in the afternoon.
Meanwhile, two infants, aged 3 months and 2 years, and their mother drowned when the car they were in fell into a canal in Osmaniye’s Toprakkale district Sunday afternoon. The family was heading to Araplı village to visit relatives. The driver, Seyfettin Büyükkeleş, was rescued by villagers who had gone to the canal to swim; however, local residents were not able to locate the bodies of the mother and the infants until Osmaniye Provincial Disaster and Emergency Management Directorate workers arrived. Two divers searched for the missing people for an hour. When the divers could not find them, the water was drained from the canal by the State Waterworks Authority (DSİ), and the bodies were found. The father reportedly suffered a nervous breakdown after being taken out of the water.