14 July 2013, 01:35

18 killed, 45 injured in Podolsk road accident

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18 people were killed and 45 were injured in a road accident involving a commuter bus and a gravel-laden "KAMAZ" truck, which took place on Saturday outside the town of Podolsk.This was reported by spokeswoman of the Russian Emergencies Ministry, Irina Rossius.

28 people were hospitalized. The "KAMAZ" driver, allegedly responsible for the accident after failing to make way for the bus, is also in hospital.

The press service of the capital’s police said the man had been prosecuted for traffic rules violations seven times in the past year alone, and was without a Russian driver’s license, using an international standard document issued in Armenia.

The bus was in good technical condition.

July 15 has been declared a day of mourning for the victims of the Podolsk road accident in Moscow and Moscow region. 

Bus crash in Moscow: 'Rescuers had to pull out victims from under gravel's piles' - Birukov

Svetlana Kalmykova

According to the latest data, 18 people have been killed, including a child, and more than 40 injured in a major car accident on the territory of “new” Moscow.

The toll is expected to rise. The tragedy occurred near the village of Oznobishino when gravel- loaded KamAZ truck crashed at full speed into a bus. The impact was so strong that the bus was torn into two pieces and covered with tons of gravel.

A video filmed by a dashcam of a witness shows how the bus moves along the main road and the truck carrying gravel crashes at full speed into its side, literally ramming the bus through. 14 passengers were killed on the spot and other four died later in hospital.

The investigation’s first findings revealed that the bus was technically sound. According to preliminary information, the truck driver is allegedly at fault as he failed to give way and turned onto the main road cutting the bus off. A 46-year-old Armenian truck driver has been fined six times this year alone for violation of traffic rules.

"This disaster is the fault of the one who was so irresponsible on the road", Deputy Mayor Pyotr Birukov said to journalists.

“After the collision the truck turned over, and 12 cubic meters of gravel spilled all over the bus. Rescuers had to pull out the victims from under the piles of gravel,” he added.

According to the deputy mayor, the accident on the territory of the "new” Moscow was reported at 12.54 pm on Saturday. Emergency services worked quickly.

Rescue crews and helicopters arrived at the crash site five minutes after the accident. They evacuated the injured to hospitals of Moscow and the Moscow region.

The Health ministry reported that 22 people had been admitted, 15 of whom are in a serious condition. The best experts are engaged in the treatment of the injured, said Ministry for Emergency situations spokeswoman Irina Rossius.

“Injuries are typical for car accidents. It is mainly mechanical traumas. Now doctors determine the dynamics and further treatment. We involved the best medical centers, which provide the injured with proper medical assistance,” she said.

She also added that the Ministry for Emergency Situations provide relatives of the dead passengers with psychological help . They will have to go through the hard procedure of identification of the dead bodies.

July 15 declared day of mourning in Moscow for traffic accident victims

July 15 has been declared a day of mourning in Moscow for the victims of the deadly traffic accident in the city's Troitsk administrative district, the Moscow government informed Interfax.

Moscow's acting Mayor Sergei Sobyanin has confirmed that information.

"July 15 will be a day of morning in Moscow and in the Moscow region, by agreement with the Moscow Region governor," Sobyanin told reporters on Saturday.

Eighteen people were killed in the traffic accident, according to the Health Ministry's most recent report.

Twenty-five victims are in intensive care, or in serious but stable condition, the ministry said.

A truck carrying gravel smashed into a bus traveling from Podolsk, tearing it in two at about 1 p.m. Moscow time on Saturday.

Death toll from traffic accident in southern Moscow reaches 20 - source

Two more victims of a traffic accident in Moscow's Troitsk administrative district have died of the injuries sustained, a medical source told Interfax on Saturday.

No official confirmation of this figure is available to Interfax so far. The Health Ministry's most recent figure was 18. Twenty-five victims are at hospitals in serious condition, it said.

Fourteen people were killed at the scene of the accident, three others died at a hospital in Podolsk and one victim died at the Sklifosovsky Emergency Medical Aid Institute, according to earlier reports.

Criminal case opened into bus crash in Moscow

The Moscow city police have opened a criminal case into a crash involving a bus and a truck, in which at least 18 people were killed and dozens injured on Saturday, the city police department said.

"A criminal case has been opened into the traffic accident on charges of violation of traffic regulations leading to the deaths of two or more people through negligence, which is covered by Criminal Code Article 264 Part 5," the police press service said.

Acting Moscow Mayor Sobyanin orders support rendered to bus crash casualties

Acting Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin has ordered that all the necessary aid be provided to the families of those killed and to those injured in a traffic accident in the new part of Moscow on Saturday, Gulnara Penkova, Sobyanin's spokesman, told journalists.

"In light of the tragedy, the acting Moscow mayor has issued instructions to the relevant services to provide all the necessary medical aid to the injured and extend social support measures to the families of those killed," Penkova said.

Bus crush in Moscow: at least 14 dead, 43 injured

Fourteen people were killed and sixteen others injured in a bus crash in the new part of Moscow on Saturday, the city police department said.

"Updated reports indicate that fourteen people were killed and sixteen others injured in the crash. There is one minor among the dead and one among those injured," it said.

Bus involved in deadly crash in new part of Moscow was on regular route - Emergency Situations Ministry

A bus that collided with a truck in a crash that reportedly claimed the lives of at least 14 people in the new part of Moscow on Saturday was on a regular route, Emergency Situations Ministry spokesperson Irina Rossius said.

"The bus that was in the crash was not leased to transport children. This was a regular commuter bus, but there were children among the passengers. Preliminary findings indicate that none of the children was killed, but there is one child among those injured," she said.

Truck driver apparently at fault in deadly crash in new part of Moscow - police

A deadly car crash in the new part of Moscow on Saturday could have occurred because the driver of a truck failed to yield to a bus having priority, the Moscow city police department told Interfax.

"Preliminary findings indicate that route 1033 bus was traveling from Podolsk when a truck loaded with crushed stone crashed into it while approaching from a minor road," a police spokesperson said.

Bus with children crashes in 'new' Moscow, 12 dead

A bus carrying children has collided with a truck in the “new” Moscow.

"According to preliminary information, 12 people have been killed and 16 injured," - said a Ministry of Emergency Situations representative.

Police are investigating circumstances of the accident.

Voice of Russia, RIA, TASS, Interfax

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