Around noon Wednesday, the team on the highway was then struck by the second avalanche.
Defence Ministry says an aircraft belonging to Turkish Armed Forces, and 75 rescue workers from AFAD (Disaster and Emergency Management Agency) and Gendarmerie personnel and necessary equipment were deployed from Ankara to Van.
At least 38 people have been killed by two avalanches near Turkey's eastern city of Van.
The governor of Van, the eastern province in which the avalanches occurred, said 25 people had been rescued and taken to the hospital., according to Daily Sabah. The victims included eight military police officers and three village guards, who are supported by the government.
The rescue team were called out to help two people in a bus buried under snow.
Video from the scene showed at least three overturned vehicles at the bottom of a hill during a snow storm.
Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu told Reuters that the tricky conditions in the area were making it hard for rescue vehicles to operate, and that one vehicle was pulled out from under 16 feet of snow.
Bilmez said that the health conditions of nine of the rescued people were critical, while there was still no information on how many people are buried under the avalanche.
Authorities were alerted to the first avalanche when snow-clearing vehicle operator Bahattin Karagulle escaped from his snow-covered machine and informed officials of what had happened, Milliyet daily reported. Some rescuers were climbing a steep incline to get out of the mass of snow while others dug frantically into the snow with shovels and pickaxes.