Swedish teen dies in Turkey coach crash

Swedish teen dies in Turkey coach crash
A young Swedish man died Friday in an accident involving a tourist coach in southern Turkey with several more Swedes injured, two critically.

A Danish woman also died in the crash.

The Swedes were heading back to their hotels in Alanya after an outing with the Ving tour company to the Taurus Mountains when the accident occurred late in the afternoon.

Of the 27 on board, 13 were Swedes. and the remainder were Danish and Norwegian. According to a report by the Ritzau news agency a 68-year-old Danish woman also died in the crash.

Turkish media have reported that the deceased Swede was 15-years-old and was travelling with relatives, according to Ving.

The injured bus passengers were taken to three different hospitals following the crash and of the Swedish contingent, ten remain in care, with two in a critical condition, said Charlotte Hallencreutz at Ving.

Hallencreutz said that Ving had staff in attendance in all of the hospitals.

“We are doing everything we can to provide support to the victims and to those who lost a family member. We are also in contact with the Norwegian Seamen’s Church which have representatives there for those who want to talk and we have had contact with SOS,” she said.

The Swedish Foreign Ministry has been informed about the accident and staff from the Consulate General in Istanbul will travel to Alanya on Saturday.

The exact cause of the accident remained unclear on Saturday morning, according to Charlotte Hallencreutz, who confirmed that a police investigation is underway.

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