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ISTANBUL — A multi-vehicle crash in southern Turkey’s Hatay province killed at the very least 12 individuals and injured 31 others, together with three critically, officers stated.

A truck crossed into reverse lanes after the motive force misplaced management late Saturday, colliding with 9 vehicles and two minibuses, the state-run Anadolu information company reported.

Most of the autos had been parked by the roadside close to a fuel station as pals and family stated goodbye to males leaving to hold out obligatory army service.

Well being Minister Fahrettin Koca stated that fires broke out on the Iskenderun-Antakya freeway. The minister tweeted that 22 ambulances and three medical rescue groups had been despatched to the scene in Topbogazli.

“Could God have mercy on our residents who misplaced their lives, I specific my condolences to their family,” he tweeted. “We’ll do our greatest to make sure that the injured regain their well being as quickly as doable.”

Hatay was one of many worst hit of the 11 Turkish provinces affected by a Feb. 6 earthquake that devastated elements of Turkey and Syria. Not less than 50,783 died in Turkey, in line with the federal government.

The personal Demiroren information company stated that the truck was carrying excavated earthquake rubble and hit one other truck earlier than crossing the freeway at round 7 p.m. native time (1600 GMT).

Witness Ali Sarrac stated that a few of these killed had burned to dying, Anadolu reported. Pictures confirmed burning autos as emergency groups tried to maintain individuals away from the blaze.