A bus carrying Turkish soccer team Samsunspor narrowly averted disaster on the team’s return trip home from an away match. As the video shows, the bus was stopped for some time before moving slowly forward across railroad tracks.
The train clipped the rear of the bus spinning it sideways. According to a Turkish news site, two players suffered minor injuries while the rest of them fell on the bus floor and rolled around like they had been shot in the back.
Speaking to the press, bus driver Recep Terzi said there was no sign of an oncoming train at the railroad crossing where the accident occurred. He said he stepped on the gas at the last moment, preventing a worse collision. Terzi said that while entering the city, he had to cross over a grade crossing where trains pass and added: “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.”