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Turkish international Ahmet Calik, 27, dies in horrific car accident.

January 11, 2022, 1:44 pm

Ahmet Calik, who has played eight times for the Turk­ish nation­al team, was alone in his vehi­cle when the hor­ror unfolded.

He was said to have been dri­ving on the Ankara-Nigde high­way when he lost con­trol of his car before it over­turned in a road­side ditch at around 9 a.m. local time.

Reports from Turkey detailed that Calik was the only pas­sen­ger in the vehi­cle on Tues­day morn­ing and that he was pro­nounced dead at the scene by paramedics.

Calik was on train­ing leave and was trav­el­ing to Ankara to final­ize plans for his wed­ding, which he was due to cel­e­brate in Feb­ru­ary, accord­ing to Spor Arena.

An inves­ti­ga­tion is under­way to deter­mine what hap­pened moments before the accident.

Calik, who recent­ly rep­re­sent­ed the Turk­ish Super Lig Konyas­por team, is to be buried in Elmadağ ceme­tery after Tues­day’s funer­al, Turk­ish out­let FotoMac reported.

In a trib­ute, they wrote: “We are deeply sad­dened by the loss of our foot­ball play­er Ahmet Calik, who has won the love of our fans and our city since the first day of his arrival in Konyaspor.

“Con­do­lences to all of us, espe­cial­ly to the fam­i­ly of our foot­ball play­er Ahmet Calik.”

Accord­ing to Spor Are­na, Konyas­por has asked the Turk­ish Foot­ball Asso­ci­a­tion to post­pone its match against Istan­bul Basak­se­hir, which is due to take place on Sat­ur­day, Jan­u­ary 15.

Calik lost con­trol of her car before she made a career off-road and in a ditch next to High­way +6
Calik lost con­trol of her car before she made a career off-road and in a ditch next to the free­way
Eye­wit­ness­es imme­di­ate­ly called emer­gency ser­vices but Calik was pro­nounced dead at the scene.

For­mer Arse­nal strik­er Lukas Podol­s­ki, who was Calik’s team­mate at Galatasaray, tweet­ed: “I was so sad to hear the news, I’m in shock. Death does­n’t look right on you at all, my broth­er, may God grant rest to your soul in paradise.

Calik was born in the Yen­ima­halle dis­trict of Ankara in 1994 before spend­ing his youth career play­ing for the local team Gençlerbirliği.

The defend­er quick­ly gained nation­al recog­ni­tion when he rep­re­sent­ed Turkey at the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in 2013.

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