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    Putin Expresses Condolences to Merkel, Bavarian Authorities After Bus Accident

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    Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed his condolences to German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Bavarian Minister-President Horst Seehofer in connection with a major road accident with a tourist bus that claimed 18 lives.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On Monday morning, a tourist bus carrying 46 passengers and two drivers for unknown reasons collided with a truck and caught fire on the A9 autobahn in Bavaria. Eighteen people, including one driver, were killed. An investigation is underway.

    "Dear Madam Federal Chancellor, dear Mr. Minister-President, please accept my deepest condolences regarding the tragic consequences of the road accident in Bavaria. I ask you to convey the words of sincere sympathy and support to the families and friends of the deceased, and wishes of a speedy recovery to all those injured," according to Putin's telegram published on the Kremlin's website.

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