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Georgians injured in road accident

By Gvantsa Gabekhadze
Tuesday, July 18
Thirty-eight Georgian citizens were injured, 26 children amongst them, in a car accident in Turkey, when a bus carrying the members and families of the Georgian Lampredi children’s dance group crashed.

No deaths have been reported.

Georgian and Turkish officials state the children are all safe and ready to come back to Georgia, while four people remain in hospital. No details of the accident are available so far.

Adjaran Health Minister Zaal Mikeladze said the company’s operator is in a serious condition, with head trauma and many fractures.

One of the drivers may also be operated on for pelvis trauma.

In addition, one of the parents lost their right leg, as amputation was necessary.

The fourth person is also a parent, who remains in hospital due to injuries.

The road crash took place 120 kilometers from Trabzon on July 16.

The dance company was travelling to Bulgaria.

As the passengers claim, a car overtook in front of the bus in the face of oncoming traffic.

The Ministry of Health of Turkey vowed full support to the Georgian citizens injured in the road accident, and a phone conversation was held between Minister of Health of Georgia Davit Sergeenko and his Turkish counterpart.

The Chairman of the Adjaran Autonomous Republic, Zurab Pataradze, accompanied by Adjaran Health Minister Zaal Mikeladze and the Consul General of the Republic of Turkey, Jasin Temiskani, arrived in Turkey shortly after the incident.

They met local doctors and discussed the health conditions of the injured.