German-Turkish author survives bus crash

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31 August 2006, ANKARA - The German-Turkish author Feridun Zaimoglu survived a bus crash in Turkey earlier this month thanks to a request to change seats, Hurriyet newspaper reported on Thursday. Zaimoglu, the author of books focusing on second and third generation Turkish immigrants in Germany, was travelling with his mother between the capital Ankara and the Aegean Sea town of Ayvalik when the driver fell asleep and bus crashed into a lorry. "The back of the bus burst into flames. Unfortunately those peo

31 August 2006

ANKARA - The German-Turkish author Feridun Zaimoglu survived a bus crash in Turkey earlier this month thanks to a request to change seats, Hurriyet newspaper reported on Thursday.

Zaimoglu, the author of books focusing on second and third generation Turkish immigrants in Germany, was travelling with his mother between the capital Ankara and the Aegean Sea town of Ayvalik when the driver fell asleep and bus crashed into a lorry.

"The back of the bus burst into flames. Unfortunately those people sitting where we were supposed to have sat lost their lives," Zaimoglu told Hurriyet. "Thanks to Allah we are alive."

Twelve people were killed and 21 injured in the August 11 crash.

Zaimoglu emigrated to Germany in 1965 when he was a baby. He was in Turkey with his mother for summer holidays.

DPA

Subject: German news

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