More than a dozen people were killed, including a child, and over 40 injured as a truck crashed into the side of a passenger bus in Moscow, tearing the back half off.
Russia’s Emergencies Ministry has confirmed the deaths of 18
people, with the youngest victim being a six-year old girl.
Initially Moscow medical authorities reported 14 deaths, but
later four of the injured died in hospitals.
At least 29 others have been taken to hospital with nearly a dozen of them in a critical condition. One of those hospitalized include a boy between eight and 10 years old. Another 16 people had been provided out-patient aid.
“The driver of the KAMAZ [truck] had ignored the right of passage rule when turning onto the primary road, thereby causing the collision with the bus,” an Interior Ministry official said.
Gruesome pictures from the scene show the impact as the truck
carrying roadbase crashed into bus N1033, which was carrying 60
Dashcam video of the crash (courtesy: Moscow police):
Earlier reports said there were 41 passengers on board, but later the number was corrected and confirmed by Moscow's acting deputy mayor, Pyotr Birukov.
By 5:15pm local time (13:15 GMT) some of the bodies had been
recovered from the mangled bus.
At least five of them have been identified, including the little
girl and her 38-year-old mother. The main difficulty for rescuers
is that some of the victims appeared to be buried under layers of
roadbase, which spilled from the truck.
Dashcam video of the crash shows that the truck driver deliberately overtook front cars that were waiting at the intersection with the main road. He left two cars behind him, and kept moving, hitting the bus at speed. One witness told RIA Novosti that the driver was moving on the wrong side of the road.
"The KAMAZ was moving at high speed on a separate lane on his
road while at the time the bus was just leaving the stop where it
took on passengers. The KAMAZ could have avoided the collision,
but tried to pass the bus, hit it and almost cut its back
off,” one witness told RIA Novosti.
The truck driver was thrown out of the vehicle and is seen looking at the accident in shock.
Thirty ambulance crews were dispatched to the site in southern Moscow.
Helicopters with medics on board also attended the crash scene. Four helicopters were used to transport the injured.
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The driver has survived the collision and was identified as a
46-year-old Armenian citizen, who was fined seven times this year
alone for traffic violations, Moscow police stated. The driver is
currently in a hospital being questioned by police.
The truck is
not officially registered with the government. It reportedly
belongs to a private company and was using a temporary license
The accident happened in an area referred to as “new” Moscow, as
the southern suburb was recently included within the city’s
Monday has been declared day of mourning in Moscow.