Gruesome story out of Turkey: A 24-year-old woman was beheaded today at a go-kart track in Adapazar─▒, about two hours east of Istanbul, when the cart she was riding in crashed into a safety barrier. According to witnesses, the woman's seat belt cut off her head during the crash's impact:

Tu─čba Erdo─čan was wearing the security belt, but she reportedly tied it around her neck instead of her chest, which eventually caused the dramatic incident.

After completing a few laps, the 24-year-old lost control of her go-cart while turning a corner and crashed into the safety barriers. Witnesses told Do─čan News Agency that the security belt tightened around her neck and cut off her head with the force of the crash.


The Do─čan News Agency is also reporting that Erdo─čan was wearing a head scarf that may have become entangled with the seat belt. Their website has a photo gallery that includes some macabre images from the crash scene.

Update (6:27 p.m.): From the Hurriyet Daily News: "[A]fter the first inspection, police forces said Erdo─čan's scarf got tangled in the shaft of the cart, which led to the tragedy."

[Do─čan News Agency]