More Turks die on Greek roads

Another three Turkish travelers were killed in a car crash in northern Greece on Saturday, raising the death toll among Turkish migrant workers returning west from holidays in Turkey to seven in the past five days. Over the past three months, more than 105,000 cars with Western European plates carrying Turkish nationals have passed through the Kipi border crossing – which handles most of the road traffic between Greece and Turkey – as Turks with jobs in the West return from visits to their homeland. Heading for Italy-bound ferries at the port of Igoumenitsa in Epirus, many travel in large convoys. Saturday’s victims, identified as Awhan Sarac, 18, Mecit Akyuz, 25 and Hopa Under-Usta, 32, died shortly before dawn when their car veered off the highway and hit a tree near Asprovalta, 70 kilometers east of Thessaloniki. The vehicle had French license plates and the three were believed to be migrant workers in France. Another four Turks died in two car crashes in northern Greece on Wednesday.

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