The vehicle transporting undocumented migrants in the province of Van catches fire after falling into a ditch.
A minibus carrying undocumented Afghan, Pakistani and Bangladeshi migrants crashed in eastern Turkey, killing at least 12 people and injuring 26 others, according to local authorities.
The crash happened on Sunday morning in Muradiye district in Van province, near Turkey’s border with Iran, where the vehicle caught fire after falling into a ditch, the agency told the agency. Reuters press release two local sources with information on this matter.
It was not immediately clear who was killed in the crash, the two sources said, adding that the owner of the bus had been arrested.
TV broadcasts showed survivors being treated at the side of the road as rescuers examined the burnt wreckage.
Body bags could be seen next to the wreckage and personal items were strewn nearby.
Muradiye District Governor and Deputy Mayor Erkan Savar, Provincial Gendarmerie Commander, Brigadier General Yuksel Yigit and District Gendarmerie Commander Lt. Col. Evren Kaptan, were at the scene to receive information. from the authorities.
The migrants, mostly from Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan, regularly cross the Iranian border to Turkey on foot before being transported west to cities like Istanbul and Ankara.
The planned US withdrawal from Afghanistan has given an additional boost to young men attempting the mountainous route, according to the Ankara-based Center for Asylum and Migration Studies.
In June 2020, more than 60 migrants drowned in Lake Van when their boat sank.