Confirmed Dead After Train, Bus Collision In Russia


A passenger bus has collided with a train in a traffic accident in Vladimir Region, east of Russia's capital Moscow, on Friday (10/06/2017), killing at least 19 people.

The state-run TASS news agency, meanwhile, quoted a regional health official as saying that the death toll had reached 19.

Russian investigative committee's Moscow department for transport said: "At least 17 people have died in the collision".

In a statement released by the regional interior ministry, it was said that all of the victims were on board the bus.

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The spokeswoman, Rita Shlyakhova, said the bus broke down on the railway crossing and that most of the 50 passengers on the bus were sleeping at the time.

It added that according to Russian emergency services, the bus included 56 citizens of Uzbekistan and two drivers from Kazakhstan. "They survived. Those who stayed in the bus died. It got literally torn apart".

"A total of 18 people were hurt, and 14 were killed, including a child". The train was travelling from St Petersburg to Nijini-Novgorod when it hit the bus.

The Moscow railway authority has given further details on the incident that took place this morning. "There were fifty-five Uzbek citizens on bus", he said to agency Interfax.