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16 die in accidents as Eid holiday begins in Turkey

As the extended Eid al-Adha holiday began in Turkey, the number of accidents began to soar all over the country, killing 16 people so far.
As thousands of Turkish vacationers hit the road for Eid al-Adha, accidents across the country claimed many lives, leading to fears of an even higher toll in the days to come.

Although officials made repeated safety warnings to drivers as they set off for different regions across Turkey, the rate of accidents has nonetheless been high. Each passing day of the extended holiday, accidents across the country claim more lives.

Congestion on roads has caused many accidents in various parts of Turkey, leaving 16 people dead and 52 injured since the first day of holiday travel, Friday.

In one of the numerous accidents spanning the country, a light truck carrying two families en route to the province of Amasya struck a concrete headwall after going out of control. Four people died and four were injured in the accident.

A driver in İzmir lost control of his vehicle and hit a car, killing a family of five. He was detained following the accident.

A car rolled into a ravine, killing three in the Kozan district in Adana province.

A car driven by Recai Görgüç heading towards the Türkeli district of Sinop crashed into a minibus coming from the opposite direction. Three people died and 11 were injured in the accident.

Seven people were injured in an accident in which a vehicle rolled off the shoulder of a road in Kastamonu province.

A woman was struck and killed by a car as she was crossing a road in Adıyaman province.

A vehicle which was carrying two families rammed into a car as they were entering the Nusaybin district of Mardin province, where they had come from İstanbul to visit relatives. Ten people in total were injured in the accident.

Seven people were injured in a chain accident in which a passenger bus struck a tractor driving in special purpose lane.

Thirteen others were injured in accidents that took place in Bursa, Konya and Bartın.

Hundreds of people die in traffic accidents during the holidays in Turkey every year. The National Police Department and the Gendarmerie General Command (JGK) -- both traffic authorities in Turkey, though responsible for different areas -- work together and increase cooperation on the roads. They have been implementing strict measures to prevent accidents, one of which is increasing the number of pullover points for cars.(cihan)