Bus, truck crash in Russia kills 18

AFP-JIJI

At least 18 people were killed and 40 injured in a horrific traffic accident outside Moscow Saturday when a gravel truck smashed into a bus packed with passengers, officials said.

Television pictures showed the bus had been cut into two pieces and turned into a tangle of black wreckage by the force of the crash, one of the deadliest accidents around the Russian capital in recent years.

Police said it was thought to have occurred when the truck turned onto a main road and plowed into the bus.

The head of Moscow’s health department, Georgy Golukhov, said injuries had been especially severe as the bus passengers were also hit with the gravel the truck was carrying.

Moscow Deputy Mayor Pyotr Birukov said that the driver, a 46-year-old Armenian, had been fined for traffic violations six times over the last year.