A truck carrying migrants crashed in the western Turkish province of Izmir on Sunday according to reports. Nineteen people, including children, were reportedly killed in the mishap.
The mangled wreckage of the open top truck lay toppled over in a canal, some 20 meters below a highway from which it apparently fell after crashing through a barrier, video and photos published by Anadolu showed.
According to DHA, the truck passengers were foreign migrants who had reached a deal with traffickers to be transported by boat to the Greek island of Samos, off the coast south of Izmir. It was not clear where the migrants were from.
The truck driver lost control of the vehicle and it crashed at around 8 a.m. (0500 GMT) in the Gaziemir district, near the airport south of Izmir city, DHA said.
A CNN Turk correspondent at the scene said emergency workers had worked to retrieve the dead and wounded trapped beneath the truck.
DHA said five people, including the driver were seriously injured, while Anadolu said 11 were injured and taken by ambulances to nearby hospitals.
Meanwhile, according to the EU Observer, member states are of the European Union are pressing to get Morocco and Tunisia onto a list of so-called “safe third countries” on to which to offload people seeking asylum.
The move appears linked to stalled plans for setting up centres in countries rimming the Mediterranean to take in disembarked rescued migrants at sea. Africanews