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Turkish TV Cameraman, Unidentified Young Woman Die in the Chaos

July 27, 1996

ATLANTA (AP) _ He was a Turkish TV cameraman who died while running after a big story. She was a young woman about which little was known except her horrible death in an explosion that rocked the Olympics.

They were two casualties today after a bomb exploded inside Centennial Olympic Park, the popular gathering spot that was crowded with people listening to a band and enjoying the festive atmosphere.

Melih Uzunyol, 40, died of a heart attack while running to film the aftermath of the explosion, the state-run Turkish Radio and Television said.

He is survived by a wife and two children.

Four of his colleagues grieved today at Grady Memorial Hospital upon learning that he was dead. One of them, journalist Zafer Akyol, said Uzunyol had a history of heart problems.

The unidentified woman, who police said was a black woman under age 25, was injured in the blast and went into cardiac arrest, authorities said.

Dr. John Vogel, an Crawford Long Hospital physician who was in the crowd when the bomb exploded, came upon her when he plunged into the chaos to help.

He saw her lying on her back with an apparent head injury. He and a nurse did CPR, but it was too late.

Lt. James Westbrook, a paramedic with the Atlanta Fire Department, said of the woman: ``In a trauma situation like this, she didn’t have a chance.″

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