Kaliningrad authorities promise help to tourists hurt in traffic accident in Turkey

KALININGRAD, August 4 (Itar-Tass) —— Authorities of Russia’s westernmost Kaliningrad region have pledged to offer assistance to Russian nationals, residents of the city of Kaliningrad, who were hurt in a traffic accident in Turkey, the press service of the regional government told Itar-Tass on Thursday.

According to the press service, the governor has ordered to have a closer look at the situation. “If there is any need for help we are sure to offer such help,” the press service quoted the governor as saying.

The accident occurred on Wednesday near the resort city of Side. A bus with 26 tourists from Russia, Israel, Iran, and Great Britain was heading for a rafting camp. The driver lost control of the vehicle, the bus went off the road and overturned. As many as 15 tourists, including eight Russians from the city of Kaliningrad, sought medical help. Five Russian were discharged from hospital later in the day. According to preliminary information, the tourists bough excursions from street stalls which provide no guarantees and offer no life and health insurances.

According to the press service of the Russian Tourism Agency, three Russian are still at a Turkish hospital. “They have undergone operations to extract fragments of broken glass,” the press service said. “The operations were successful, the three Russian are in satisfactory condition and will be released in a couple of days.”

An investigation into the accident is underway.


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