Sunday, June 30, 2013

Turkey: Tour Bus Overturns in Antalya, Swedish Tourist, 15, Dies, 26 Foreigners Injured

According to the Dogu Haber Ajansi news agency, the driver of a tour bus carrying 27 foreign tourists overturned in the southern Turkish province of Antalya, killing a Swedish youth, 15, and injuring 26 others.

The "accident" occurred at 1645 hours on Friday (June 28) when the driver suddenly applied the brakes, causing the bus to leave the roadway and overturn in a ravine.

COMMENT: Unfortunately, tour bus accidents in Turkey occur all too often, which is why I frequently raise the alarm for foreign tourists to be cautious and discerning when dealing with tour operators that provide transportation for tourists.

The fact is that large tour buses often are difficult to maneuver in countries where unpredictable road conditions, poor driving skills, deficient traffic enforcement and a multitude of other factors that cause tour bus accidents with increasing regularity.

Rather than leaving life altering decisions to tour operators, I strongly recommend that tourists and travelers insist in knowing the qualifications of drivers, ages of vehicles and request that perhaps a number of smaller, more maneuverable vehicles be used to transport passengers in developing countries, particularly those that have had a history of frequent tour bus accidents.

FYI. I have a chapter in my 2008 book, STAYING SAFE ABROAD: TRAVELING, WORKING AND LIVING IN A POST-9/11 WORLD, entitled "Roadway Accidents: A Major Concern." This book will be completely updated in 2013 and will be available for use in the iPad, Kindle and Nook in November 2013.

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