Traffic accident kills six in Malatya, Turkey

Six members of the same family were killed on Sunday when a van rammed a truck in Akçadağ district in eastern Turkey’s Malatya province.

The victims were traveling to Kayseri from Malatya when their vehicle collided with a truck in the opposite lane. The cause of the accident is not yet clear and an investigation has been opened. The truck driver was arrested by security forces. The victims were between the ages of 7 and 58. Everyone in the van died at the scene except for a 14-year-old boy who succumbed to his injuries at the hospital where he was taken.

Traffic accidents kill hundreds every year in Turkey despite security measures. In 2021, 5,362 people died in traffic accidents, although this is lower than the 2015 record of 7,530. Speaking at a road safety event last week, the Minister Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu said Turkey is one of two countries that have achieved the goal of halving the number of road accident deaths over the past decade.

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