Support The Moscow Times!

4 Dead, 17 Injured In School Bus Collision

One of the buses involved in the accident. The word "children" is seen on the front.

Seventeen people were injured and four were killed when a school bus full of children collided with another bus in the Stavropol region, local Emergency Situations Ministry spokesman Oleg Degtyarev said.

Media reports said late Sunday that a fifth victim had died in the accident, but an Emergency Situations Ministry spokesman told Interfax that the information was false.

A photo released by the ministry showed a yellow bus with the word “children” written on the front, partially crushed and without glass in the windows lying in a field.

Police said the school bus rolled over and flew into a ditch after the collision near the city of Pyatigorsk.

“According to current information, three children died in the accident and 18 people were injured. The victims’ ages are being verified,” the spokesman said.

The school bus belongs to a music school in the neighboring republic of Kabardino-Balkaria, police said, RIA-Novosti reported.

Read more

Independent journalism isn’t dead. You can help keep it alive.

As the only remaining independent, English-language news source reporting from Russia, The Moscow Times plays a critical role in connecting Russia to the world.

Editorial decisions are made entirely by journalists in our newsroom, who adhere to the highest ethical standards. We fearlessly cover issues that are often considered off-limits or taboo in Russia, from domestic violence and LGBT issues to the climate crisis and a secretive nuclear blast that exposed unknowing doctors to radiation.

As we approach the holiday season, please consider making a one-time donation — or better still a recurring donation — to The Moscow Times to help us continue producing vital, high-quality journalism about the world’s largest country.