4 killed in school bus collision in Stavropol Krai
Еhe school bus was thrown over the barrier, rolled over several times. and landed overturned in a five-meter deep ditch. Photo: ITAR-TASS
Two busses were involved a major rear-ending accident in Stavropol Krai, where four people were killed and five more are in serious condition in hospital. The person responsible for the accident could face up to seven years in prison.
The Stavropol region Investigative Committee has opened a criminal investigation into the accident. The criminal case was opened under Part 5 of Article 264 of the Criminal Code "Violation of traffic rules and operation of vehicles, resulting in the death of two or more persons." The article carries a punishment of up to seven years in prison.
The crash happened on Sunday afternoon, at about 12.20 on the highway M-29 between Pyatigorsk and Yessentuki. A school bus was passing a 'MAN' double decker passenger bus
Due to the force of the impact, the school bus was thrown over the barrier, rolled over several times. and landed overturned in a five-meter deep ditch.
The preliminary cause is thought to be 'insufficient following distance and speed' by the 42-year-old MAN bus driver. "He needed to take into account the distance to the vehicle in front, so that in case of emergency, he could stop and prevent the collision," commented the Savropol Kari traffic police.
There were 17 children and four adults in the school bus. Two children, aged 10 and 13 years, and a chaperone, 56-year-old female teacher, died on the spot from injuries. A 39-year-old passenger, also chaperoning the children, died in hospital. Fifteen children, their teacher and the driver were taken to a hospital in Pyatigorsk with various injuries. Five of the children are in intensive care, three of them in serious condition. On Monday, doctors decided to move three of the injured children in Moscow.
The MAN passenger bus was traveling from Nalchik to Moscow. There were 20 people on board, none of them needed medical attention after the crash.
The investigation so far has established that both drivers had previously had administrative fines related to poor driving.
According to the press service of Russia's Interior Ministry in the Kabardino-Balkaria region, the school bus belonged to a music school in the area. The children, dancers from 9 to 17 years, were heading to their next performance.
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