Mon, 26 Aug 2019

At least six people have been killed and several more injured in a bus accident in the Russian region of Bashkortostan.

The bus was carrying 39 passengers to Tatarstan's second-largest city of Naberezhnye Chelny when it overturned.

Russian state-owned television showed a white bus lying on its roof on the side of a road amid rainy weather.

The cause of the accident was not immediately given, but reports said most of the victims had not fastened their seat belts. An investigation is being carried out.

Russian news agency TASS reports that the driver, who survived the crash, had been repeatedly fined for speeding.

The passengers, who included children, were returning from a rafting trip. They are all residents of Tatarstan.

About two dozen passengers required medical attention, including seven who have been hospitalized.

Based on reporting by Interfax, TASS, Zvezda, and Vesti

Copyright (c) 2018. RFE/RL, Inc. Republished with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave NW, Ste 400, Washington DC 20036

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