Russia: At least 16 killed As Train Hits Bus

Russia: At least 16 killed As Train Hits Bus.

At least 16 people were killed on Friday when a train slammed into a bus that had broken down on a level crossing east of Moscow, authorities said.

The accident occurred before dawn on Friday near the town of Pokrov, some 110 kilometers (70 miles) east of the Russian capital, at least 16 people were killed on Friday, including a child, “According to preliminary information.

“Other passengers, including minors, have been taken to hospital with various injuries.

The regional interior ministry said the bus broke down on the level crossing.

The train, traveling at 90 kilometers per hour from the second city of Saint Petersburg to Nizhny Novgorod, east of Moscow, slammed into the bus at 3:29 am (0029 GMT) on Friday.

All of those killed were on the bus, which was carrying 58 people, 56 of them Uzbek nationals.

The train was 400 meters away from the crossing when the driver slammed on emergency brakes and sounded a warning alarm, but it was not able to stop before it hit the vehicle, Russian Railways said.

The remaining two were drivers from Kazakhstan.

“There are no victims among the train passengers,” the interior ministry said.

The Uzbek ambassador to Russia was on his way to the scene along with other staff from the embassy, it said.

A team of experts were flying to the region to offer assistance, it added.

The foreign ministry of neighboring Kazakhstan confirmed the two bus drivers, one of whom was killed, were Kazakh nationals.

The train continued on its route at around 11:00 am local time.

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