Captured On CCTV: Turkish Side Samsunspor’s Team Bus Hit By Train (Video)

Chris Wright

10th, February 2012


By Chris Wright

While making their way home from an away match against Kardemir Karabükspor a couple of nights ago, Turkish top flight side Samsunspor flirted with disaster when their team coach was side-swiped by a train on a level crossing.

The incident was captured on CCTV…

The aftermath…

No-one was killed or maimed as, thankfully, the train appeared to be slowing – though the two players who were sitting directly above the left-rear wheel arch of the bus (defender Hakan Arslan and midfielder Serdar Özkan) suffered significant but not life-threatening injuries.

As quoted by Today’s Zaman, bus driver Recep Terzi told the Turkish press:

“It was midnight. The ramps were up when I was about to cross. While slowly crossing, I realized a train was approaching and had its lights off. I immediately accelerated.

“After I stepped on the gas, the train hit the left back wheel of the bus and pushed us aside. If I had not seen the train at the last second, it would have hit the middle of the bus and that would have led to great damage and could have even cost many lives. The players awoke in panic; many later said they were lucky to have survived.”

Looks like the lights were on to me Recep. Just saying.

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  1. SL says:

    The driver is a liar, he slowed down crossing the tracks and the trains lights are clearly on.

  2. Mehmet says:

    Samsunspor’s team bus was involved in an accident back in 1989 while they were travelling for an away match, which caused the death of 4 players and the manager. Also a lot of players suffered injuries, three of them were never able to play again. Samsunspor had the best years of its history in the 80s but couldn’t recover from the accident and relegated from top divison the following season. So their recent accident evokes a lot of unpleasant memories for us Samsunpor fans.

  3. Murray says:

    In his defense, he is right about the ramps not being up when he crossed.

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