Three people were killed and five others were wounded when a public bus crashed into a bus stop in Istanbul’s Üsküdar district on the Asian side on Feb. 1.
The bus lost control, collided with another bus and then hit the bus stop.
“I am looking into all the details of the accident, we will do what is necessary,” Istanbul Mayor Mevlüt Uysal said, adding that they were also working to resolve the problems related to private public buses “once and for all,” as quoted by state-run Anadolu Agency.
The moment the vehicle drove into the crowd waiting at the stop was captured by cameras installed on the bus
An official from the Istanbul Private Public Bus Company denied that the accident was due to high speed.
“This is a smart bus. The driver told me that he lost control of the vehicle as he approached the stop and could not do anything,” said Ramazan Şen from the Istanbul Private Public Bus Company, as quoted by Doğan News Agency.
Şen blamed a technical failure for the deadly accident. “Smart vehicles may experience such technical problems, a similar incident happened just a month ago,” he noted.
The bus involved in the accident was put into service on Jan. 31, Şen said.
The bus was towed away for technical inspection to the facilities of the company that produced the vehicle.
The road where the accident occurred was closed to traffic for three hours while the drivers of the buses were taken to the police station for questioning.