Kiwis escape burning bus at Gallipoli

The bus was fully engulfed in flames. Photo: Laura Smith
The bus was fully engulfed in flames. Photo: Laura Smith

A bus load of Australian and New Zealand tourists have had a terrifying journey to Anzac Day commemorations in Gallipoli after their bus caught fire.

Forty-five passengers were making their way from Izmir about five hours from Anzac Cove, when the engine on their bus started to smoke.

The driver ordered everyone off as they tried to douse the flames.

The local fire brigade was called but the bus was soon engulfed in flames.

No passengers were injured but their luggage was incinerated.

Kiwi Laura Smith posted about the close call on Facebook saying, "Pretty shaken after a close call today. We may have lost all our belongings but by some miracle everyone made it out ok. Don't take life for granted".

Smith described the blaze to the New Zealand Herald.

"The back of the bus started to go up in smoke and the bus driver turned the engine off in the middle of the road halfway up a hill," she said.

"We all ran off the bus and were told to run into the field.

"The fire services came and put it out and the mayor and his wife came to give their condolences and bought us food and drink."

Smith said her passport and wallet were lost in the fire and was not sure how or would impact on her travel.

"We are currently at a hotel and the Australian and New Zealand consulates are here explaining what we can do to get things back," she said.

Smith was on an Anzac tour run by travel company Traveltalk.

She and many others from the bus were not letting the fire ruin their trip to the sacred battle ground.

"We are going to soldier on and head on the ferry to Gallipoli," she said.

"We have a whole lot of blankets and will be sleeping there for the Dawn service in the morning."

Smith shared photographs of her charred luggage and other passengers standing in the ruins of the bus looking for the remains of their gear.


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