Tuesday, October 25, 2011

1 Russian Tourist Killed, 17 Injured in Bus Accident in Turkey

Unrelated to the earthquake in eastern Turkey, a Russian tourist was killed and 17 others [also Russian] were injured when a minibus carrying a group of tourists overturned in the southern Turkish province of Antalya today (October 25), according to the Anatolia news agency. The minibus was transporting the Russian visitors from Antalya Airport to their hotel in the Side district before it overturned after crashing into a roadblock in the Manavgat district. Those injured have been taken to local hospitals.

COMMENT: In 2010, 15 Russian tourists died and 25 others were injured when a tour bus drove off a bridge in Antalya. For our readers, you know all too well my concerns for bus travel worldwide. Unfortunately, though, they are far too many bus accidents in Turkey.

I have been advocating for some time that all nations who value their tourism industry, particularly from abroad, to tighten up on laws governing bus capacity, mandated maintenance and driver competency (including penalties for violations), as well as shifting to smaller and more maneuverable vehicles. It should also be noted that many tour operators often purchase the cheapest mini-buses available, which often do not have heavy-duty suspensions built for the capacity, which influences more frequent accidents.

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