Interior Ministry: Minibus that collided with truck was en route from Penza to Ulyanovsk
Penza, 2 March 2016. PenzaNews. The minibus that collided with a freight truck in a big traffic accident on the M5 “Ural” federal highway that left 9 dead and 3 injured, including a child, was en route from Penza to Ulyanovsk prior to the crash, the press service of the Penza region Ministry of the Interior department informed “PenzaNews” agency.
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The freight truck had been driving in the opposite direction at the moment of the collision, they added.
“At the moment of the traffic accident, the minibus was carrying the driver and 10 passengers. 9 of the passengers were killed in the incident. Another passenger – an underage child – and drivers of both vehicles have been hospitalized with varying injuries,” the police clarified.
The highway was not blocked due to the incident, the press service pointed out.
As PenzaNews reported earlier, the emergency services received the report about the tragic accident in the Bessonovka area of the Penza region at 13.10 of Wednesday, March 2, after a Mercedes passenger minibus collided with a MAN freight truck on the M5 “Ural” federal highway, leaving nine dead – all of them passengers of the minibus – and three injured, including a child.
According to original reports, the minibus was en route from Ulyanovsk to Penza: however, later the sources clarified that the vehicle departed from Penza towards Ulyanovsk.
The EMERCOM opened an incident hotline: +7 (8412) 68-11-12.
After a thorough investigation, the emergency rescue crew began extracting the bodies out of the vehicle, cutting through mangled metal.
Among the officials that coordinated the works at the accident scene were Sergei Kozlov, head of the Penza region EMERCOM headquarters, and Yuri Ruzlyaev, chief of the regional Ministry of the Interior department.
The Investigative Committee staff are also engaged in the process of establishing the full picture of the incident.
The relatives of the deceased began gathering at the crash site approximately three hours after the incident. Some of them had to resort to psychological aid.