Friday, May 28, 2010


ANKARA, May 28 (Itar-Tass) - The death toll from the crash of a bus carrying Russian tourists in Turkey on Tuesday has grown to 14 after one more passenger died in local hospital on Thursday night, Russia’s Consul General in Antalya Mirdzhalol Khusanov, told Tass on Friday.

“She was not carriageable, that is why Russian and Turkish medics decided to leave her in Antalya for medical treatment as they were drawing up a list of injured passengers to be airlifted home. The woman was in a very grave condition and died last night,” Khusanov said.

He also said that late on Thursday a boy injured in the bus crash was discharged from hospital and joined his parents. The consul general said three injured Russians stay in clinics of the Turkish health resort. “Medics say one of them is in a stably grave condition. They do everything possible to save his life,” the diplomat said.

Two more Russians with light injuries will be soon discharged from hospital.

On Tuesday morning, a group of Russian tourists staying in Antalya hotels purchased a Pegas Touristik tour to the town of Pamukkale. Their bus fell off a bridge from a 15-metre height into a river near the Antalya airport. Latest reports said 13 Russian nationals and two Turkish nationals had been killed and another 26 had been injured in the accident.

According to the tour operator, the driver died from cardiac arrest at the wheel of the bus.

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