As a result of an accident with a passenger bus in the Trans-Baikal Territory, 19 people were killed, another 14 were hospitalized. This was reported in the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia. In total, there were 44 people in the bus, including the driver.
“According to updated data, there were 43 passengers and a driver in the bus. As a result of the accident, 41 people were injured, 19 of them died, including two children. 14 people were hospitalized, the condition of three of them is assessed as grave, ”the press service of the department reports to TASS.
The Ministry of Health reports 19 hospitalized. Moreover, the condition of 18 of them is assessed as moderate.
According to the traffic police, the front wheel of the car exploded. Because of this, the driver lost control, after which the bus fell into the river.
“Due to a rupture of the front wheel, he made an exit from the carriageway to the right along the course of the movement, followed by a rollover of the vehicle into the Kuenga river,” the ministry said in a statement.
It is reported that the Kia Granbird model bus traveled along the Sretensk - Chita route and transported 43 passengers. The accident occurred on the 60th kilometer of the Mogoytuy-Sretensk-Olochi road.
Two helicopters of the regional center for disaster medicine flew to the scene of the accident, TASS reported. The team includes a surgeon, a neurosurgeon, two anesthetists and a traumatologist.
In addition to doctors, policemen and rescuers work, and the governor of the Trans-Baikal Territory Alexander Osipov also went to the scene of the tragedy.
“In total, more than 70 people and 23 pieces of equipment were involved in the liquidation of the consequences of the accident,” said Nikolai Basov, head of the Main Directorate of the Russian Emergencies Ministry for the Trans-Baikal Territory.
In the footage of the accident, widespread in social networks, it is clear that the bus fell to the roof, breaking the ice. The rescue work itself has already been completed.
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Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev instructed Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova to provide assistance to the victims and relatives of the victims. This was announced by his press secretary Oleg Osipov.
“All licenses were experienced driver”
According to TASS, an accident in a bus was ordered. He had all the necessary licenses, and the driver who controlled him was experienced, said carrier, individual entrepreneur Sergei Pnev.
“We organize transportation in this direction, but not our bus turned upside down, but a custom one. There were all licenses, there was insurance, the driver was experienced, the car went through all the procedures according to technical regulations: technical, medical, regular technical state inspections, ”he said, noting that he was heading to the scene of the accident.
The Investigative Committee of Russia opened a criminal case under Part 3 of Art. 238 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation ("The provision of services that do not meet the safety requirements, resulting in the death of two or more persons"). This is stated on the website of the Investigative Department of the RF IC in the Trans-Baikal Territory.
“At the direction of the head of the Investigative Department of the Investigative Committee for the Trans-Baikal Territory, Yuri Rusanov, the investigation of this criminal case was entrusted to investigators of the third department for the investigation of especially important cases. Forensic investigators from the regional investigative department were sent to the scene. Also, police officers, the Ministry of Emergencies, and emergency doctors work on the spot. The exact number of victims in the accident is being established, ”the report said.
The prosecutor’s office of the Trans-Baikal Territory also began checking. The Office will verify the implementation of legislation on road safety.
“During the inspection, representatives of the supervisory authority will evaluate both the actions of the carrier, and local authorities and other bodies responsible for safety on the relevant section of the road and owning the bridge from which the bus fell,” the Zabaykalsky Krai prosecutor’s website says.
It is also reported that on-site employees of the department, headed by the prosecutor of Sretensky district, are working.
“Based on the results of the inspections, it is planned to take a comprehensive set of prosecutorial response measures aimed at eliminating violations and holding the perpetrators accountable,” the prosecutor’s office emphasized.
Employees of the Rostransnadzor also left for the place, RIA Novosti reported. It is noted that they intend to conduct an audit against the carrier.