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Thursday, June 27

Turkish victory celebrations blighted by deadly car accident in Neukölln

Turkish football fans celebrated as their team reached the round of 16, but the evening was soured by a deadly car accident in Neukölln.

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Thursday, June 27

Deadly car accident in Neukölln follows Turkish victory celebrations

As soon as the final whistle blew in Hamburg, the victory celebrations started up: flags waved, car horns blew and chants were sung late into the night as Berlin’s Turkish community celebrated the victory of their national team. With their win against Czechia, Turkey went through to the round of 16 and will face Austria next Tuesday, July 2.

Crowds of football fans gathered across the city, with hundreds gathering around Kurfürstendamm for an improvised party. There were few fireworks and bottles thrown, but the gathering was largely incident-free, with police saying over a loudspeaker: “Make your way home peacefully, enjoy, and we’ll see each other at the round of 16.”

At the other side of town on Hermannstraße, however, a vehicle reportedly flying Turkish national flags was involved in a serious car accident. Around 23:00, a 57-year-old man was crossing the street in Neukölln when he was hit by a speeding vehicle. Initially, the driver fled the scene, but later handed himself in to the police.