Russia: At least 19 killed in train-bus collision near Vladimir city

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"According to the latest information, 19 people have been killed", the head of the regional health service, Alexandre Kiryukhin, told the state-run TASS news agency.

At least 19 people were killed early Friday in a collision between a train and a bus in central Russian Federation, regional authorities said.

The Uzbek Foreign Ministry said that 56 people on the bus were Uzbek citizens and two others, drivers, from Kazakhstan.

Their white Mercedes bus came to a stop on the crossing in Pokrov, about 53 miles east of Moscow, and some people tried to push it out the way, Russian Railways said.

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The spokeswoman, Rita Shlyakhova, said the bus broke down on the railway crossing and that most of the 50 passengers on the bus were sleeping at the time. They survived. Those who remained in the bus died.

The central hospital stated that five people have been admitted, four of which are in a critical state, local reports explained.

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.

The Moscow railway authority has given further details on the incident that took place this morning.

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