British tourists have revealed how they were left ‘shaking’ after a 4×4 off-road after the massive vehicle tipped over and crashed into a ‘cliff edge’ near a steep slope in Turkey.
Joseph Kiely, 24, and partner Joseph Morphett, 29, were with 14 other tourists, traveling along a dirt track when the car stopped.
In a scene that ends the legendary 1969 heist film The Italian Job, a tire pops, tilting the car toward a slope, where the robbers’ booty-laden bus dangles over the edge of an Alpine road.
Charlie Crocker, played by Michael Caine, famously said: ‘Wait a minute, boys – I’ve got a great idea.’
Other cars were available to transport them but, feeling unsafe, the couple – who were enjoying a holiday in Bodrum – and their group of eight decided to walk with another family of five for 30 to 45 minutes. degree heat.
A passenger in the car is seen inspecting the car as it rests on the edge of the ‘cliff’.
4×4 hanging on the ‘cliff’ edge. Joseph Kiely, 24, and partner Joseph Morphett, 29, were with 14 other holidaymakers, traveling along a dirt track when the car stopped.
Joseph, a financial crime analyst, said: ‘It was a full truckload of kids, kids from our family and another family with kids and grandparents.
‘Everyone was really shaken by it and the lack of information from the guides made it worse.
‘It could have gone horribly wrong and we’re thankful it didn’t but the thought is scary enough for us.’
Joseph said the group booked the tour through the concierge at their hotel in Bodrum on June 3, where they were enjoying a two-week vacation.
The group was told by the tour guides that they could get into one of the other 4x4s and continue the tour, but they refused as they felt unsafe.
With no alternative route down the hill, the group walked for 45 minutes to the next stop-off point, where they agreed to board another vehicle to take the main road.
Passengers are trying to get the car back on the road
Joseph Kiely and his partner Joseph Morphett in Turkey. Joseph said the group booked the tour through the concierge at their hotel in Bodrum on June 3, where they were enjoying a two-week vacation.
Joseph said they still felt unsafe in the car and were asked to leave after just a few minutes so they could walk the rest of the way to the main road.
After establishing there were no more cliffs or dangerous roads, the group agreed to return to the car and finish the tour.
‘It was quite awkward – our driver was telling us we could stand up in our seats to see the view, so people stood up and grabbed the railing,’ said Joseph.
‘The driver pointed out an eagle flying to our left where the cliff edge was – it’s quite a narrow road and he was confused and not looking where he was going.
‘Everyone was screaming to get out of the car, it sounded like someone hit the brakes really hard.
‘We said we didn’t want to get into another car and go back the way we came.
‘We walked for 45 minutes in 28 degrees stopping up the road for photos – we were all exhausted by the time we got there.
The group walks to the next stop-off point in 30-degree heat and cars next to the ‘cliff’. The group was told by the tour guides that they could get into one of the other 4x4s and continue the tour, but they refused as they felt unsafe.
Car before the accident. Joseph, a financial crime analyst, said: ‘It was a full truckload of kids, kids from our family and another family with kids and grandparents.
‘The tour guide said we could continue along the road or wait and go back the way we came in the jeep.
‘We decided to turn back and go to the main road, but the driver was distracted so we insisted on getting off the road, albeit a short distance, and said we would walk.
‘Then we asked the new driver if there were any more cliffs and he said no, so we continued the tour from there.’
A representative of the tour company said: ‘We were driving on a rough terrain road when a stone hit the tire rim which broke the centre.
‘Being away from the city centre, we provided a second car within 20 minutes.
‘The guests insisted on not getting in the car saying they wanted to walk.
‘A jeep followed them until they reached the main road. We offered to give them a full refund and take them back to the hotel as well as a full check-up at the hospital in case of any injuries.
‘Guests refused to return to the hotel, choosing to continue travelling. We also refunded half of the money they paid. They got a free zipline, water pistol and photo worth £100.
‘There was no accident, it was a break down while off-roading. We adhere to the highest health and safety rules and regulations but cars can break down all the time.’
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