Four Greeks die in Turkish bus crash

Four Greeks and a Turkish national were killed and four people injured when a Turkish bus en route to Istanbul from Athens veered off the road near the town of Malgara in the Marmara region of Turkey early on Friday and plunged into a ravine.

The bus, one of the 1,270-strong fleet of the Turkish company Metro Turizm, had set off from Athens at 11.30 p.m. on Thursday night, crossing the Greek-Turkish border at around 4 a.m. on Friday.

The accident occured at around 5 a.m. when the driver is believed to have lost control of the vehicle on an icy bend in the road.

The dead Greeks were identified as Sofia Mariadi, 45, Minas Solakidis, 41, Arkadios Moysidis, 46, and Fotini Mytakidi, 42. Most of the Greek victims were of Pontic origin, according to sources. Of the four people hurt, two are Greeks but their injuries are not believed to be life threatening.

Paraskevi Tzivelekou, the Greek Consul General in Edirne (known as Adrianoupoulis in Greek), visited the hospital in Malgara where the injured Greeks were receiving treatment.

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