At least three people were killed in a head-on collision traffic accident on the Girne-Değirmenlik mountain pass this morning.
Tragedy struck when a school bus carrying high school students from Karaağaç village collided head-on with a large truck coming from the opposite direction near a stone quarry at around 7:00am.
An initial police investigation has revealed that the truck had crossed out of its lane, crashing into the bus travelling in the opposite direction.
The students were studying at various high schools in Lefkoşa.
The three who died have been named as the school bus driver Denktaş Mutluer and 16-year-olds Sude Demirkıran and İlayda Yeliz Öztürk.
The remaining seven passengers on the bus were injured in the accident, three of whom are said to be in a critical condition.
Dozens of citizens rushed to the Dr. Burhan Nalbantoğlu State hospital to donate blood for the injured following a call from the health ministry.
The Police is continuing its investigation into the accident.
Meanwhile a number of scheduled events across the country have been cancelled.
President Mustafa Akıncı who is currently in Istanbul is cutting his visit short and will be arriving in the TRNC at 8pm.
Prime Minister Hüseyin Özgürgün has also cancelled a trip to Istanbul this evening.
According to Cyprus Weekly, there has been an outcry on social media, blaming the government for not putting the clocks back and sending school children and workers out in the dark to begin their day. They have been accused of pandering to Turkey which also decided not to put back its clocks at the end of summer time.
BRT, Cyprus Weekly