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Charges brought against suspected culprit behind fatal road accident in New Moscow

July 15, 2013, 12:29 UTC+3

The Kamaz truck driver is suspected of causing the road accident involving a bus, in which 18 people died

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MOSCOW, July 15 (Itar-Tass) - Investigators brought charges against the suspected culprit behind the fatal bus crash in the New Moscow area in which 18 persons were killed, the main investigation department of city police told Itar-Tass on Monday.

"An investigator brought charges under Article 164, Part 5 of Russia's penal code /violation of traffic rules which resulted in the death of two or more persons/ against the Kamaz truck driver, suspected of causing the road accident involving a bus, in which 18 people died," police said.

The detectives also intend to request the court to put the driver under arrest.

As earlier reported, the Moscow police is searching for eyewitnesses and those people, who were injured in an awful road accident with the passenger bus in the New Moscow territory, when 18 people died, but did not turn in police, the press service of the Moscow branch of the main Interior Ministry’s department told Itar-Tass on Monday.

“The eyewitnesses of the road accident and wounded people, who did not turn in the police yet, asked to go to the Main Investigation Department of the Interior Ministry in Moscow at the address: 45, Novoslobodskaya Street, or call the phones: 8(499)973-92-31, 8(499) 978-05-35,” the press service said.

On Sunday, the KAMAZ driver was detained on Article 91 of the Russian Criminal Procedure Code for 48 hours. At the first interrogation, which took place at the hospital, where the suspect is being kept, he refused from the testimony over a bad state of health. The criminal case was opened over the violation of the traffic rules that entailed the death of two and more people through negligence.

The Russian government on Monday observed a minute of silence for the victims of a road accident in the Moscow Region. Monday, July 15, is declared day of mourning in Moscow and Moscow Region.

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