YEKATERINBURG, December 7 (Itar-Tass) — Sverdlovsk region governor Alexander Misharin is having a course of intensive rehabilitation therapy in Germany after serious injuries he sustained in a car crash, the governor's information department reported on Wednesday.
"Doctors note positive dynamics," the department said underlining that Sverdlovsk region residents keep track of the condition of his health and are awaiting his return.
Earlier reports said German specialists had diagnosed the governor and prescribed a range of rehabilitation measures, including bone issue fixation at the points of fractures in the maxillo-facial area
Misharin is staying at a German university clinic. If the treatment is successful, the governor will be able to return to Yekaterinburg by the New Year, his wife Inna Misharina said.
The road accident occurred in the evening of December 1. A Volga, a Skoda and a Mercedes collided on the Yekaterinburg-Serov highway in the town of Krasnouralsk.
Misharin and his driver Dmitry Cherkasov were seriously injured. Volga's driver Yuri Druzhinin died on the spot.
The investigator believes the road accident might have occurred because of bad weather condition, including poor visibility. One of the main leads is a technical fault of the cars. This lead will be checked during technical inspection of the vehicles.
Druzhinin was buried on Tuesday. The government of the Sverdlovsk region allocated 680,000 roubles from the local budget to pay compensation to his relatives.
Misharin's driver Dmitry Cherkasov had a second surgery on the injured leg.
Investigators said the reports alleging that Misharin's car was speeding along an incoming lane had not been confirmed and warned not to rush into conclusions.
Some media outlets disseminate the information that Alexander Misharin's Mercedes was moving along an incoming lane at a speed of 200 kilometers per hour.
"According to preliminary information, the governor's car was in its traffic lane. A collision flung it to the middle of the highway," an Investigative Committee representative underlined.