At least 16 people were killed when a train hit a bus that had broken down on a railway crossing east of Moscow, authorities said. The victims were all on board the bus at the time of the collision near the town of Pokrov, Russian authorities said. No train passengers were injured.
“The bus stalled on the track,” Vladimir Myagkov, a spokesman for Russian Railways, told Russian news channel Rossiya 24.
“Some people say the passengers tried to push the bus off the track. At that moment the train approached and a collision occurred.”
The collision happened at 3.29am local time near the city of Vladimir, which is around 110km east of Moscow. The train was travelling from St Petersburg to Nijini-Novgorod at 90 kmph when it hit the bus.
The train driver slammed on the emergency brakes and sounded the warning alarm when he was 400m away, Russian Railways said. But he was unable to stop in time. The bus was carrying migrant workers from Uzbekistan who were returning to their home country.