MERSIN, Turkey 

At least five Turkish soldiers were martyred Monday when a bus carrying them flipped over in the southern Mersin province.

According to the provincial governorate, the bus driver was also declared dead on the site.

Ten others were injured and rushed to the local hospital in Mut district.

Ambulances have been dispatched to the crash site.

The soldiers were en route to the Mediterranean port of Tasucu, where they would then be dispatched southward to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC). 

Visiting wounded soldiers at the Mut State Hospital, Mersin Governor Ali Ihsan Su told reporters that initial reports indicated the crash was the result of brake failure. 

“It was a civilian bus carrying the soldiers. The cause for the crash was probably brake fade, but the investigation continues,” Su said. 

He added that 10 of the wounded were in critical condition and being treated, while the remaining had not suffered life-threatening injuries. 

*Writing by Merve Aydogan in Ankara.

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