Train-bus collision in Russia's Vladimir region kills 14

  • Train-bus collision in Russia's Vladimir region kills 14

Train-bus collision in Russia's Vladimir region kills 14

The state-run TASS news agency, meanwhile, quoted a regional health official as saying that the death toll had reached 19.

At least 16 people were killed when a train hit a bus on a crossing in the Russian region of Vladimir, 100km east of Moscow, Sputnik reports.

"Tonight, at 3:39 a.m. a bus was passing a railway crossing near the Pokrov station when the engine stalled", its press office said.

The local administration said that the bus was carrying migrant workers from Uzbekistan heading to their native country.

The Department of Inter-Territorial Investigations of Moscow Transportation Affairs at the Russian Investigation Committee has initiated a criminal investigation into the accident to see if there is a breach of road safety peratura.

Uzbekistan's foreign ministry said 58 people were on the bus - 56 from Uzebkistan and two Kazakh drivers.

The train was traveling from St. Petersburg to Nizhny Novgorod on Thursday night when it collided with a bus in the Petushinsky district of the Vladimir region.

Early data indicates the most likely cause was the bus driver going across the rail tracks in spite of a red traffic light.