16 Armenians Killed in Eastern Turkey Crash

Workers help to rescure passengers from the crash

ISTANBUL–Sixteen Iranian-Armenian tourists visiting historic Armenia were killed and 32 injured Tuesday in a bus crash in eastern Turkey, Anatolia reported.

According to media reports, the driver lost control of the bus, sending it careening off a bendy road in Agri province late on Monday.

The crash took place in the town of Dogubayazit in the Agri province. Agri governor Mehmet Cetin said the injured were taken to the hospital.

The Armenian tourists had spent a week in eastern Turkey visiting historical sites as part of a 90-person group, Vatan newspaper reported.

Alik Daily newspaper, our sister publication in Iran, reported that Prelate of Iranian Azerbaijan, Bishop Nishan Topouzian headed a delegation to the crash site with Iranian regional government officials to assess the damage.

Gevork Vartanian, the Armenian community representative in the Iranian parliament is coordinating activities, through the Turkish Embassy in Tehran and other officials, to transport the remaining tourists back to Iran’safely.

According to local officials, passengers from a second bus were safe and were transported to a local hotel near the crash site.

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