Five people were killed, four of them Greeks, and several more injured in a road accident on Friday morning near the town on Malgara in the Marmara region of Turkey that occured when a Turkish bus en route to Athens from Istanbul veered off the road and plunged into a ravine.
The fifth person reported killed is a Turkish national while the four passengers said to be seriously injured are all Greek. Most of the Greek victims were of Pontiac origin, according to sources.
A Greek C-130 military transport plane was dispatched to transfer the unharmed passengers back to Greece.
The Greek Consul General Paraskevi Tzivelekou in Edirne (known as Adrianoupoulis in Greek) was at a hospital in Malgara where the injured Greeks were being treated. She said the accident occured at 5 a.m. in the morning and has been attributed to a slippery road surface.