Nine dead in Russian road crash

25th September 2011, Comments 0 comments

A minibus and a lorry collided in Russia's Volga region Sunday, killing nine people, police said.

The driver of the bus lost control of the vehicle which slammed into a crash barrier on a bridge before colliding with the lorry near the town of Cheboksary, 700 kilometres (450 miles) east of Moscow.

The driver and all the passengers of the minibus died in the crash.

Investigators said excessive speed and a slippery road probably caused the accident.

About 30,000 people die in Russian road accidents every year, one of the highest rates in the world. Alcohol and disregard of traffic rules are seen as the main culprits.

© 2011 AFP

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