Police confirmed that there was a crash between an articulated lorry and a smaller vehicle carrying 16 people, all employed in seasonal work picking vine leaves.
The collision happened in Gölmarmara town, Manisa province between 5.30-6.00 a.m. local time.
Governor of Manisa province, Erdoğan Bektaş, said that among the 15 fatalities were 13 women from the same village, adding that the driver of the lorry-a large, milk-delivery vehicle-may have fallen asleep.
"It seems that the road where the crash happened was wide, straight and clear," Bektaş said.
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