At least 16 dead after collision with truck in Russia | New

Three people were also injured after a truck rammed a stationary minibus in Russia’s Ulyanovsk region.

At least 16 people have died and three others have been hospitalized after a lorry collided with a stationary minibus in Russia’s Ulyanovsk region.

“According to preliminary data, the driver of a heavy goods vehicle did not slow down in time and crashed into a stationary minibus,” the Ulyanovsk Interior Ministry said in a statement on Sunday.

Roadworks at the scene of the accident meant the minibus was waiting in a queue to move. “The minibus was stuck between two trucks,” the ministry said.

Video footage released by police showed the crumpled hull of what appeared to be the minibus sandwiched between two trucks and rescue workers inspecting the flattened vehicle.

The Russian Investigative Committee has opened a criminal investigation, TASS news agency reported, adding that the truck driver was among those killed.

Three other people, two men and a woman, were taken to hospital in serious condition, Ulyanovsk Governor Alexei Russkikh wrote on Telegram.

Violations of road safety rules are common in Russia, where several fatal bus crashes have occurred in recent years.

In January, five people were killed and 21 injured in a bus crash in the Ryazan region, 270 km (170 miles) south of Moscow.

In December 2019, a bus with 40 passengers on board plunged into a frozen river in the Zabaikalsk region of Siberia, killing 19 people and injuring 21.