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Teen road deaths prompt Akinci to call for special cabinet meeting

30 November 2016

President Mustafa Akıncı  called for an extraordinary cabinet meeting this afternoon to discuss the issue of traffic following yesterday’s tragic traffic accident which claimed the lives of three people.

Akıncı chaired the meeting that took take place at the Prime Ministry at 4pm.

Urgent measures to improve traffic safety in the TRNC were among the issues discussed during the meeting.

Two 16-year-old girls and a 57-year-old bus driver were killed on Tuesday when the bus they were travelling in on the Girne-Değirmenlik road slammed into a truck that had veered into their lane.

The truck driver has since been arrested. This morning, President Mustafa Akıncı visited the students injured in the crash who are currently being treated at the Dr. Burhan Nalbantoğlu State Hospital, wishing them a speedy recovery.

Meanwhile, pupils from various secondary schools gathered outside the Prime Ministry this morning to call on the government to step down in the wake of the crash.

Students held up banners and placards reading slogans such as ‘Rebuild the road, don’t let them be graves’ and ‘Students shouldn’t travel to school in the dark’ during the demonstration.

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