Turkish Press Review

Turkish Press Review

Tuesday dailies cover claims of neglects in Sunday's deadly bus accident in southern Turkey

ISTANBUL (AA) - Anadolu Agency does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

Almost all Tuesday papers reported more details about Sunday's deadly bus accident in the southern province of Osmaniye.

"Chain of neglect," was VATAN's headline, which wrote that the accident happened due to several obvious mistakes from the very beginning.

The accident killed 14 passengers and left 26 others injured when an intercity bus plunged into a canal.

"The driver passed improperly and there were no traffic checkpoints," the paper said.

The bus was carrying 40 passengers, including students, parents, and teachers, far exceeding the limit of 29 for that type of a bus, said the paper.

They were on their way back home from a school trip to Osmaniye -- a trip which, the paper says, lacked the needed permission from the governor’s office.

Neglect claims 14 lives, including the driver, a teacher, five mothers, and seven children, HABER TURK reported.

The overloaded bus brought on the accident, the paper claimed, adding that an investigation into the crash started immediately.

"Hero teacher," was the headline of MILLIYET, which told the story of a teacher losing his own life while trying to rescue students from the canal.

Ahmet Cebeci, a primary school teacher in the Hatay province’s Iskenderun district, saved the lives of three children, the paper wrote.

After he dived in to save a fourth student, he did not resurface, the paper wrote. His wife, also a teacher at the same school, escaped the accident as she was in another bus.

CUMHURIYET quoted one of the surviving parents, Ilyas Demirci, saying that he first rescued his daughter and later "did his best to rescue as many students as possible".

"I guess I saved 4-5 children, and later I found my son, and brought him up [...]"

He says they were lucky as they were sitting on the back seats. "Those who died were all in the front seats," the paper cited him as saying.

The paper also published the last group photo of those who died in the accident -- a souvenir photo taken during their deadly trip to Osmaniye.

In other news, HURRIYET covered how the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) issued a decree reshuffling the assignments of over 3,000 judges and prosecutors out of nearly 15,000 in total.

The decree is one of the broadest in the history of the Turkish Republic, the paper wrote.

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