Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Turkey: Update--Two British Women in 50s Reportedly Killed After Outing at Saklikent Gorge

According to The UK-based The Telegraph, two British women have died after being thrown out of an open jeep while on a day trip in Turkey. 

Valerie Olton, 53, and Alison Conroy, 54, were both killed after an open jeep crashed into a telephone pole. 
The women’s partners, Michael Horne, 53, and Charles Belham, 57, were injured in the accident, along with the Turkish driver and two Turkish passengers. 

Olton, originally from Twickenham, southwest London, died at the scene while Conroy was declared dead shortly after being taken to the Letoon Hospital in Fethiye. 

The accident happened on Sunday night (June 22) as the group were returning from a day trip.

COMMENT: Although tourist collisions seem to occur much more frequently than they do, largely because Turkey is one of the most frequently visited nations on Earth, actually according to the link below, Turkey remains in 147th place in in the world in terms of roadway safety:

http://www.worldlifeexpectancy.com/cause-of-death/road-traffic-accidents/by-country

Olton’s partner, Michael Horne, 53, was seriously injured and remains in a hospital-induced coma. 

Driver Emre Yukaribas also remains in intensive care. 

Charles Belham, 57, was released from the hospital in the morning and returned to his hotel at the Pinehill Resort in Hisaronu, Fethiye. 

The British Embassy in Ankara thus far has been unsuccessful in contacting either of the victims' back home."

The couples arrived in Turkey on June 16 for a two-week holiday at the Turk Hotel. 

The famous Saklikent Gorge is a 25-mile journey from Fethiye, where the two couples had been staying. 

At 300 meters deep and twelve miles long, Saklikent is one of the deepest canyons in the world and a popular Turkish tourist attraction.