Minibus Crash in Crimea: At Least Nine Killed, Nine Injured

At least nine people, including two children, were killed after a minibus crashed in Crimea in the early hours of Friday, authorities in the Russian-annexed peninsula said.

The minibus was carrying tourists from the southern Russian city of Krasnodar to occupied Sevastopol in Crimea.

Driver of the minibus fell asleep at the wheel and crashed into a large truck near a village northeast of the regional capital Simferopol, Russian news agencies reported.

Seven people died on the spot, while another two died as they were being treated for their injuries.

Another nine people were injured.

The local branch of the Interior Ministry said it was launching a criminal case into a suspected violation of traffic regulations.

Russia has a patchy road safety record. Nearly 17,000 people were killed as a result of road accidents last year, according to the traffic police.

Crimea, which Russia annexed from Ukraine in 2014, was a favoured destination for Soviet workers’ state-funded holidays and now attracts a steady influx of Russian tourists.

(c) QHA

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