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April 19, 2021

Ukraine train and bus collision kills 40

At least 40 people have been killed and 10 hurt in a collision between a train and a small bus in eastern Ukraine, officials say, quoted by BBC.

The incident happened near the town of Marhanets, south of the main regional city of Dnipropetrovsk. The inter-city passenger bus attempted to cross the track, ignoring the warning of an approaching train, reports said. Some of the injured are critical and the death toll could rise.

The ministry of the interior said the train had dragged the bus for 30 metres after the collision. “The driver of the bus broke traffic laws by driving through a red light before colliding with the train,” a spokeswoman for the regional traffic police told Agence France-Presse news agency. “It’s utter carnage there.”

President Viktor Yanukovych conveyed his condolences to the relatives of the victims. “The [president] has ordered law enforcement agencies to carry out a detailed investigation to establish those responsible for the accident,” a statement on the presidential website said. Yanukovych said a committee led by Deputy Prime Minister Andriy Kluyev would investigate and help the families affected.

Ukraine has a bad safety record due to the poor condition of many roads and drivers who regularly flout the rules.

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