Moscow bus crashes into pedestrian passageway, killing 4

Stanislav Krasilnikov  TASS
Stanislav Krasilnikov TASS
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26 December, 2017

The incident occurred near Slaviansky Boulevard station in western Moscow.

A bus in Moscow rolled down a pedestrian underpass on Monday, killing 5 people and injuring 15.

Several people were killed and more than a dozen injured when a bus drove into an underground passageway in Moscow.

Another angle shows the bus seemingly stationary on the side of a snowy road before it appears to pull away in the direction of the metro station. The driver reported a brake failure, making the bus unable to stop, the Investigating Committee of the Russian Federation said.

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He said the bus had been towed off the pedestrian underground passage and the rescue operation was now complete.

The Interfax news agency said that the investigators had confirmed that the incident had occurred as a result of a technical fault with the bus. The driver was taken into police custody and local reports have said that he was sober.

According to eyewitnesses, the bus swerved into a pedestrian area, where people were walking.

Monday is a normal working day in Moscow, where the Orthodox Christmas will be celebrated on 7 January. Moscow mayor Sergei Sobyanin told reporters at the scene that an inspection of the entire Moscow bus fleet had been ordered.


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