Friday 22 June 2018

Uzbek migrant workers killed as train strikes bus in Russia

In this video grab provided by the RU-RTR Russian television via APTN, Russian emergency situation employees work at the scene in Pokrov (AP)
In this video grab provided by the RU-RTR Russian television via APTN, Russian emergency situation employees work at the scene in Pokrov (AP)

Nineteen Uzbekistan citizens were killed in Russia when a train slammed into a bus.

Russia's state Investigative Committee said another five passengers on the bus were injured in Friday's collision, which occurred in the town of Pokrov, about 53 miles east of Moscow.

The Uzbek Foreign Ministry said 56 people on the bus were Uzbek citizens and two others, drivers, from Kazakhstan.

The local administration said the bus was carrying migrant workers from Uzbekistan heading to their native country.

According to preliminary information, the bus got stuck in a railway crossing because of a technical malfunction.

The train's driver hit the brakes, but was unable to prevent the collision.

AP

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