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19 killed, 21 injured in Russia after commuter bus plummets from bridge into frozen river (PHOTOS, VIDEO)


Added 12-01-19 06:37:01am EST - “A packed bus ruptured a tire and skidded off a bridge, landing upside down in a frozen river in Russia, killing at least 19 passengers. Rescuers are fighting to free survivors as the vehicle remains at risk of becoming submerged.” - Rt.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Rt.com: “19 killed, 21 injured in Russia after commuter bus plummets from bridge into frozen river (PHOTOS, VIDEO)”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The bus fell from a bridge over the Kuenga River while traveling from the city of Chita to Sretensk in Zabaykalsky Region in Russia’s Far East on Sunday. Harrowing video footage from the scene shows first responders swarming the damaged bus, which lies upside down on a bloodied snowy surface, with its roof completely smashed in and windows shattered.

В Забайкалье упал с моста автобус с пассажирами. Авария случилась на маршруте Чита - Сретенск, в 60 км от Сретенска. На месте экстренные службы - 10 погибших, среди них 1 ребенок и 13 пострадавших. pic.twitter.com/s8CwC259yq

Fire trucks and ambulances are present on site, as the rescue operation continues. Several people are still believed to be trapped inside, as rescuers try to free them before the bus goes underwater.

Первые секунды после падения автобуса с моста. У автобуса лопнуло правое переднее колесо. Водитель Сергей Кубасов не справился с управлением и вылетел за ограждение. Мужчина погиб. Сейчас сотрудники МЧС опасаются того, что тяжелая машина уйдёт под лёд вместе с людьми. pic.twitter.com/5wBcag9v97

Traffic police said that the bus sustained a burst tire, which caused the driver to lose control of the vehicle. There were 44 people on board when the tragedy occurred.

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