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September 24, 2021

Six dead, including three children, after car crashes into canal

Six people, including three children, died Sunday night, after the car they were travelling in fell off a bridge near Cernavoda locality and into a headrace canal seven meters deep. The victims were pulled out by divers from ISU Constanta. The accident occurred on DN 22C just outside Cernavoda locality, in the vicinity of a water pumping station. Five bodies, including the bodies of two children, were found initially, after which divers discovered another child. The police requested the divers’ help after the relatives of the five victims told investigators the driver’s nine-year-old son was also supposed to be in the vehicle. The divers descended into the canal waters to search for the boy’s body. According to investigators, the driver of the car, a Turkish 44-year-old man, is not registered into the Romanian Police driver’s license database. While crossing a bridge over a headrace canal, the driver allegedly lost control of the wheel, causing the car to hit the safety railing to the right of the lane and fall into the water, law enforcement officials stated.
Forensics concluded that the driver was drunk at the time of the accident and his blood alcohol level was 1.65 g/l. The police also discovered two criminal cases opened in 2008 and 2009, respectively, in his name for driving without a driver’s license.

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