Eleven die in Russian bus crash

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Eleven people died and four were injured on Friday when a bus collided with a lorry and burst into flames on a highway outside Moscow, officials said.

"As a result of the accident, four people were hospitalised and 11 died, while eight people managed to escape from the bus," the emergency ministry said in a statement.

The German-made bus carrying 21 passengers and two drivers, was travelling to Moscow from the town of Tambov, around 460 kilometres (280 miles)to the southeast, regional traffic police said in a statement.

At around 3:50 am (2350 GMT) the bus collided with a lorry driving in the same direction and a fire broke out onboard and spread through the entire vehicle, police said.

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