General News: Four Greeks killed, 3 injured in coach accident in Turkey

Four Greeks were killed and another three injured in a road accident in Turkey early on Friday morning, when a coach came off the highway and capsized. The coach, owned by the Turkish company 'Metro', was carrying a total of nine passengers, two drivers and one steward at the time of the accident, which took place on the 25th kilometre of the Malkara-Tekirdag road at 4:50 a.m.

Those killed were identified as the Greek citizens Sofia Mariadi, Minas Solakidis, Arkadios Moysidis and Foto Mytakidi, who had Greek and Turkish dual nationality, as well as one Turkish man. The bodies have been taken to Malkara General Hospital and the injured to a state hospital in Tekirdag.

The Greek nationals injured were named as Panagiotis Paletidis, Maria Mariadi and Vassilis Naris.

Turkish authorities sought the assistance of Greek consular authorities to help identify the dead after the accident, since some of the bodies had been crushed under the fallen coach.

The accident was blamed on poor weather and icy conditions on the road, which caused the bus to veer off course and spin out of control.

Condolences to the families of the victims were expressed by main opposition New Democracy spokesman Yiannis Mihelakis, who also wished the injured a speedy recovery.



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