Voices from Russia

Sunday, 8 July 2012

Bus Carrying Pilgrims from Pskov Oblast Going to Pochaev Lavra Crashes in the Ukraine… 14 Dead, Mourning Declared in Pskov Oblast

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The Ministry of Emergency Situations (MChS) said that, early on Saturday, a bus carrying Russian pilgrims crashed on the road between Chernigov and Kiev, killing at least fourteen and injuring 22 people. The bus was carrying 45 passengers from Pskov Oblast to the Pochaev Lavra in the Ukraine. According to preliminary data, the driver lost control of the vehicle; it ran off the road and flipped over. First responders took the injured Russian pilgrims to hospital in Chernigov; three of them are in critical condition. Russia will send two planes to take the victims of the crash back home.

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The authorities in Pskov Oblast declared a three-day period of mourning starting on 9 July. This was after a bus carrying Russian pilgrims crashed in the Ukraine on Saturday, killing at least fourteen and injuring 22 people. In an official statement, a Pskov Oblast spokesman said, “We’ll lower flags to half-mast and cancel all entertainment events and light TV programmes for 9-11 July”.

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On Sunday, an official MChS spokesman said that two MChS aircraft brought 25 Russian pilgrims injured in a bus crash in the Ukraine on Saturday to Moscow. Fourteen people were killed after a bus carrying 43 pilgrims from Pskov Oblast to the Pochaev Lavra in the Ukraine swerved off the road, crashing into a ditch. The MChS spokesman said that one of the planes, an Il-76, brought 14 people, who suffered serious injuries. Twenty ambulances met the plane, which immediately took the injured to various Moscow hospitals. The other plane, a Yak-42, carried 11 people with less-severe injuries and the bodies of those killed in the crash. Three more passengers from the crashed bus remain in ICUs of Ukrainian hospitals, as doctors prohibited their transportation due to the risk to their lives. One more passenger also remains in the Ukraine, to aid in the investigation into the crash. According to an investigator’s preliminary reports, the accident took place as the driver had fallen asleep, eventually causing him to lose control of the vehicle.

 7/8 July 2012

RIA-Novosti

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