10 migrants in NW Turkey die in vehicle crash

Crash of vehicle carrying irregular migrants in Edirne, northwestern Turkey, also leaves 30 injured

Cihan Demirci   | 26.06.2019
10 migrants in NW Turkey die in vehicle crash

EDIRNE, Turkey

Ten people have died and 30 were injured when a vehicle carrying irregular migrants crashed in northwestern Turkey, according to reports from the scene.

Ekrem Canalp, governor of the Edirne province, where the crash took place, has arrived at the scene. 

In a written statement, the governorate said that the suspicious vehicle failed to stop when warned.

"The vehicle driver didn't heed the gendarmerie warning telling him to stop and tried to make a fast escape only to hit a shop," the statement said.

Edirne, bordering both Greece and Bulgaria, has seen an influx of migrants seeking to cross into the European Union.

Turkey has been a key transit point for irregular migrants aiming to cross to Europe to start new lives, especially those fleeing war and persecution.

Writing by Dilara Hamit

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