Support The Moscow Times!

Siberian Region Mourns Victims of Motorway Pile-Up

Investigators work at the scene of a collision between two buses on a road some 144 km (89.5 miles) south of the Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, July 9, 2015.

A day of mourning will be held Friday in Siberia's Krasnoyarsk region after 11 people were killed in a road accident, the TASS news agency quoted regional governor Viktor Tolokonsky as saying.

The accident occurred late Wednesday night when a bus carrying 27 people crossed over onto the wrong side of the M-54 federal highway and collided with a minibus carrying 16 people traveling in the opposite direction, according to preliminary information cited by TASS.

All of the 11 people killed in the crash were traveling on the minibus. A further nine people were injured in the accident, the report said.

The 59-year-old bus driver had reportedly taken over from another driver shortly before the crash and has been detained, Tolokonsky was quoted as saying by TASS.

A criminal case has been opened into the accident.

Read more

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

The Moscow Times’ team of journalists has been first with the big stories on the coronavirus crisis in Russia since day one. Our exclusives and on-the-ground reporting are being read and shared by many high-profile journalists.

We wouldn’t be able to produce this crucial journalism without the support of our loyal readers. Please consider making a donation to The Moscow Times to help us continue covering this historic time in the world’s largest country.