March 26, 2009 / 4:04 AM / 11 years ago

14 die in Russian bus accident-ministry

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MOSCOW, March 26 (Reuters) - Fourteen people were killed and four injured early on Thursday when a bus burst into flames after colliding with a lorry east of Moscow, Russia’s Emergency Ministry said.

"According to our latest information, 14 people died — the driver of the truck and 13 people on the bus," Emergency Ministry spokeswoman Lyudmila Martynova said.

The accident took place in the Petushinsky district of Vladimir region, she said, an area located about 100 km (60 miles) east of Moscow.

Casualty numbers could change due to the difficulty of identifying remains from the burnt-out bus, she said. Local news reports earlier said 25 people had died in the accident.

Russia’s overloaded roads are treacherous with many drivers giving scant attention to even basic traffic safety rules. About 30,000 people died in Russian road accidents last year.

(Reporting by Conor Humphries, editing by Michael Roddy)

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