Paramedics and firefighters among those killed as bus hits emergency crews attending road crash in Turkey | World News

At least 16 people have been killed in Turkey when a passenger bus crashed into emergency crews responding to an earlier traffic accident, officials said.

Three firefighters, four emergency medical workers and two journalists from a Turkish news agency were among those killed on the road between Gaziantep and Nizip, both in the country’s southeastern Gaziantep province, the regional governor Davut Gul.

Speaking from the scene of the accident, Mr Gul said: “Around 10.45 this morning, a passenger bus crashed here.

“While firefighters, medical teams and other colleagues were responding to the accident, another bus crashed 200 meters behind.

“The second bus slid into that location and hit the first responders and the injured on the ground.”

The rest of those who died were bus passengers, Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said.

Gul said 22 other people have been injured.

Ilhas news agency reported that two of its drone operators died after stopping to help victims of the initial crash.

The first bus had left the road and gone down an embankment.

Television footage from the scene showed an ambulance badly damaged and the bus overturned on its side.

Vice President Fuat Oktay said emergency workers and journalists had “lost their lives in the line of duty”.

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