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EMERCOM plane on standby to evacuate people injured in bus accident

January 17, 2014, 9:44 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Two people died and 11 were injured
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© ITAR-TASS/Dmitry Rogulin

MOSCOW, January 17. /ITAR-TASS/. A plane of the Russian Emergencies Ministry is ready for possible evacuation of people injured in a bus accident from the Nizhny Novgorod Region to Moscow, a ministry official told Itar-Tass.

If necessary and if medical specialists decide to evacuate injured people, the ministry's Ilyushin-76 plane with medical equipment is ready to fly out from Ramenskoye airport, located near Moscow, to Nizhny Novgorod, the official said.

Aircraft of the Emergencies Ministry's Volga regional centre are also on standby, he added.

The accident occurred on the Moscow-Ufa federal highway in the Nizhny Novgorod Region at about 04:10 Moscow time (00:10 GMT) on Friday. A Mercedes bus carrying about 50 passengers on the way from Moscow to Yoshkar-Ola collided with a truck. According to the preliminary reports, two people, the drivers in both vehicles, died, and eleven passengers in the bus were injured. They were taken to a local hospital.

Traffic police suppose it may have occurred through the bus driver's fault. The bus ran onto the opposite lane.

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