19 killed after bus crashes with train in central Russian Federation

Casey Dawson
October 7, 2017

A spokeswoman for regional investigators said at least 17 people were killed in the accident, which occurred around 100 kilometers east of the Russian capital.

'Some people say the passengers tried to push the bus off the track.

Rita Shlyakhtina, the regional governor's press secretary, claimed the bus was trying to avoid a traffic jam.

It added that according to Russian emergency services, the bus included 56 citizens of Uzbekistan and two drivers from Kazakhstan. "It was literally torn apart".

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The bus passengers, suffering from various types of injuries, including minor injuries, have been taken to hospitals, according to Xinhua's report, monitored by Antara in Jakarta on Friday night.

It stated: "Tonight, at 3:39 a.m. a bus was passing a railway crossing near the Pokrov station when the engine stalled".

Uzbekistan's foreign ministry said 19 people including a child had died, though Russia's investigative committee said 16 had died.

34 people have survived the incident, police are now at the scene to establish further details of the incident. "There were fifty-five Uzbek citizens on bus", he said to agency Interfax.

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