A jeep safari crashed near Fethiye, Turkey on Sunday evening killing two British nationals and injuring five others.
According to local reports the vehicle, an LTS Tourism marked green Land Rover Defender converted into an open top vehicle, crashed into a telegraph pole near the village of Korubük, Seydikemer as it returned to Fethiye in the late afternoon.
One female passenger, reported as Valerie Olton (53), died at the scene and another Alison Conroy died later in hospital.
Five other passengers including two Turkish nationals were also reported to be injured. One of the injured, British national Michael Dennis, remains in hospital and his condition is described as critical.
The Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism released a statement on Tuesday confirming local reports and the names. In that statement they also said:
The Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism offers its condolences to the family and friends of the deceased and also sends it wishes for a speedy recovery to the injured individuals.
The Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism takes such accidents very seriously and is taking the necessary action to have it thoroughly investigated by the relevant authorities in Turkey.
Jeep safaris are a very popular excursion for tourists staying in the main resorts in South West Turkey ranging from Marmaris down to Fethiye and beyond. They're exciting and good fun. Passengers sit in the back of the open jeeps and enjoy the exhilarating ride. It's a great way to see the stunning Turkish countryside. The typical cost for a day out in the open topped Jeeps is just £14.
Unfortunately, when accidents do occur the injuries sustained by the passengers can be more severe because of the design of the vehicle and sometimes because seat belts are not always worn by the passengers.
A similar crash occurred in August 2012 when a Jeep carrying twelve passengers including four children was said at the time to have been ‘forced off the road’ by a car and then hit a lamp post by a bakery. All the passengers were injured. It later transpired that the driver had lost control when he was shot in the eye with water from a water pistol.
Other incidents were also reported below.
Updated 25 June 2014