13 killed in Russian road crash

Moscow, Oct 14 (IANS) Thirteen people were killed when a minibus collided head on with a truck in Russia's southwestern Samara region, an interior ministry official said Sunday.

The accident happened when a front tire of the Toyota minibus exploded, leading the bus to the opposite lane where it collided with a truck, Xinhua reported.

The minibus carrying 14 passengers, 11 from Uzbekistan, two from Tajikistan and one from Azerbaijan, started to burn after the collision, a ministry spokesperson said.

"Thirteen passengers died of injuries, while the driver and one passenger were hospitalised," the Interfax news agency quoted the official as saying.

At a government meeting last month, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev urged measures reducing fatalities of road accidents, which are approximately 250,000 a year.


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