India: At least 16 killed, 50+ critically injured in truck crash in Meghalaya’s West Khasi Hills district – Published 26 Feb 2017 1617z (GMT/UTC)


Meghalaya Accident (Image credit:

At least 16 people were killed on Sunday when a truck they were in rammed into the concrete barricade of a road in Meghalaya’s West Khasi Hills district, police said. More than 50 people were critically injured in the accident in Jdohkroh village, 11 km from Nongstoin, the district headquarters of West Khasi Hills. Police said the speeding truck was carrying over 60 people. Although earlier police estimated that over 30 people were traveling in the truck, later it was found that many fell into the deep gorge. The exact number of people traveling is yet to be ascertained. Sylvester Nongtnger, police chief of West Khasi Hills said all the victims were going towards Nonglang village to attend the synod of Presbyterian Church. “Twelve people died on the spot and four succumbed to their injuries in hospital,” Mr Nongtnger told IANS. The dead included nine women and a 13-year-old girl. The injured, including the driver and helper of the truck, have been rushed to nearby hospitals and to the Shillong Civil Hospital, the police said. Quoting witnesses, the police officer said the accident occurred due to reckless driving. “Nonetheless, we are investigating the cause of the accident.”

RSOE February 26 2017 12:08 PM (UTC).

Nepal: At least 35 killed, 54 injured in bus accidents in Western Region & Bheri Zone – Published 081214 1010z (GMT/UTC)

Accident 1

The death toll in Surkhet accident where a bus veered off the road at Pokharikanda-9, on the Karnali Highway has reached 18.

Police said that 14 persons died on the spot while four others breathed their last while receiving treatment. The ill-fated bus (Na 4 Kha 6857), veered off the road and plunged some 500 metres at Kalikhola at around 6:45pm on Sunday. The vehicle was on its way to Tikapur, Kailali, from Kalikot. Surkhet Police Chief SP Rajesh Lal Karna informed that initial investigation showed that the bus with seat capacity of 38, was overloaded with 68 passengers, which caused the vehicle’s brake to fail resulting into the accident. The police have be able to identify 10 of the deceased. Fourty nine persons are injured in the accident. Among the injured, 20 are receiving medical treatment at Surkhet Regional Hospital, 6 are being treated at Maya Nursing Home and another 8 injured passengers are receiving treatments at Deuki Nursing Home. The injured claimed that the driver’s assistant had been driving when the accident happened. Most of the passengers were from Kalikot and Bajura, on their way to India for work.

Monday, 08 December, 2014 at 08:24 (08:24 AM) UTC RSOE

“The death toll in Surkhet bus accident of Sunday night has reached 18. Ten of them have been identified, said police on Monday, December 8, 2014.

The dead, who have been identified, include: Lalbire Darji, Durga Bista, Dil Sarki, Lal Darji, Manaraj Bista, Ram Darji, Pankhe Sarki and Pane Sarki of Gotri VDC, Bajura.

Similarly, bus driver Min Bahadur Budha of Chhinchu, Surkhet and conductor Bhabi Khatri have been identified.

The bus plated Na 4 Kha 6857 was heading from Jitegaida of Kalikot to Kailali. The bus plunged 700 metres down to a stream Kali Khola at Pokhari Danda, Surkhet due to overload of passengers.

More than 50 people injured in the accident were rushed to hospitals in Surkhet and some were taken to Nepalgunj.

The bus initially carried 36 passengers when it left Kalikot but it took more passengers on the way and that was the reason for the accident, according to police.” –

Accident 2

An overcrowded bus has plunged off a mountain road in Nepal, killing at least 17 people and injuring 50 more, police said Monday.

Police official Kesh Bahadur Shahi said the bus veered off the road near Pokharakada village Sunday night and rolled 600 meters (about 2,000 feet) down a slope. Rescuers pulled out 14 bodies while three more died at a hospital. There were 67 people on the bus, which had 38 seats. The bus was driving on a narrow mountain road during the night when the accident happened about 400 kilometers (250 miles) west of the capital, Katmandu. Rescuers worked all night to help the injured passengers and bring the bodies to the main road, police said. The injured are recovering in hospitals in nearby towns and a dozen of them are in critical condition, they said. Bus accidents in Nepal are generally blamed on poorly maintained vehicles and roads.

Monday, 08 December, 2014 at 03:58 (03:58 AM) UTC

India: Road accident kills 13 (named), injures 30. Bus rammed post & mango tree at Thelakkad, near Perinthalmanna – 070913 2115z

In yet another ghastly road accident that provided the second consecutive Black Friday for the district, 13 persons were killed and 30 others injured when a bus lost control and rammed a tree at Thelakkad, near Perinthalmanna.

This private bus lost control, rammed a tree, overturned, and fell into a depth of six feet at Thelakkad, near Perinthalmanna, on Friday.

The bus was destroyed in the crash, and many of the injured were admitted to intensive care wards of two private hospitals at Perinthalmanna.

The accident occurred at 1.30 p.m. when the private bus heading towards Alanallur from Perinthalmanna burst one of its tyres on a slope, careened off the road, and rammed a mango tree after hitting a telephone post.

The bus then overturned and fell into a depth of six feet. The bus driver hailed from Manathumangalam. The others were from Melkulangara.

Seven of the bodies were shifted to the taluk hospital at Perinthalmanna and the remaining six to the General Hospital, Manjeri, for post-mortem. District Collector K. Biju said that all the bodies would be released on Friday night after post-mortem.

Minister for Urban Affairs Manjalamkuzhi Ali visited the families of the victims and consoled them. Mr. Ali said that all possible help would be given to the kin of the dead. Chief Minister Oommen Chandy is expected to visit the families of the dead on Friday night.

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The Hindu

“….The dead were identified as Mankadakkuzhiyil Mariyam, 50; Kavannayil Cheriyakkan, 55; Adarikkal Safeela, 19; Pacheeri Neethu,18; Kavanayil Sabira, 17; Ponniyath Fatima, 37; Kozhipatham Mubashira; Mangalakuzhiyil Sainaba; Madappodi Shamna, 17; Kappungal Safli, 17; Kavannayil Cherukki; Chilambanthodi Fatimath Nadiya, and bus driver Palliyalthodi Ithishan, 22….”

“….Last Friday, eight members of a family from Vallikkunnu were killed when a bus rammed an autorickshaw at Mukkola, near Tanur.

The Road Accident Action Forum (RAAF) demanded that a thorough investigation be conducted into the increasing incidents of accidents in the district. It said speeding and carelessness were the main causes of accidents in the district.

The Kerala School Teachers Association (KSTA) expressed grief at the death of students in the accident.”

Saturday, 07 September, 2013 at 03:11 (03:11 AM) UTC RSOE

Israel: Bus & garbage truck collide near Gedera leaving 4 dead, approx 35 injured – 040813 1555z

Four people were killed Sunday morning and another 30 were injured in a collision between a bus and a truck on Highway 6.

The accident took place between the Sorek junction and Kiryat Gat. The highway has been blocked to traffic, and drivers have been asked to use alternate routes. The crash was declared a mass-casualty event. Dozens of paramedics from both MDA and Ichud Hatzala arrived at the scene to assist the injured. Paramedics compared the scene to the aftermath of a terrorist bombing. Twenty people were lightly wounded in the crash, while another 10 suffered moderate-to-serious injuries. An IDF Yassur helicopter flew two people with serious injuries to Hadassah Ein Karem Hospital in Jerusalem. Another helicopter took two of the injured to Soroka hospital in Be’er Sheva, while ambulances took one person with serious injuries and another with moderate injuries to Kaplan Hospital in Rehovot. It is not yet clear what caused the crash.

Sunday, 04 August, 2013 at 11:54 (11:54 AM) UTC RSOE

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“The spokesman for the Israeli Emergency Services confirmed that three people died while more than 20 others were injured on Sunday when a garbage truck and a bus collided along route 6 in the southern region of the country. A mass-casualty incident was announced and the injured victims have been shifted to nearby hospitals by ambulances and helicopters. A report posted on the website of Walla! news stated that ten people suffered moderate to serious injuries, while the rest were only slightly wounded. The Transportation Ministry has already dispatched investigators to the scene to determine the cause of the fatal mishap.” – ubalert

Four dead, dozens injured after bus and truck collide

Rescue services say some 35 hurt in accident between No. 377 Metropolin bus and garbage truck on Route 6

timesofisrael August 4, 2013, 1:37 pm

Police and rescue personnel seen at the site of an accident that left four people dead and dozens injured after a bus and a garbage truck collided on Route 6, Sunday, August 4, 2013 (photo credit: David Buimovitch/Flash90/timesofisrael )


“Four people were killed and dozens more injured when a bus and a truck collided on a major highway near central Israel Sunday.

Rescue services said some 35 people were hurt, three critically, in the accident on Route 6 near the Sorek interchange outside Gedera.

The Metropolin No. 377 bus was traveling from Rishon Lezion to Beersheba. Pictures from the scene showed a garbage truck on its side near the bus.

An initial investigation indicated that the bus hit the truck, which was standing on the right shoulder of the road, causing both vehicles to overturn.

The accident occurred on the southbound lane of the Trans-Israel Highway. Traffic on the southbound side of the highway, a major north-south artery, was shut down.

Several ambulances and helicopters responded to the scene. Magen David Adom head Eli Bean said rescue services had a difficult time responding to the scene because of the traffic jam formed behind the accident. Officials requested that drivers find alternative routes.

The injured were taken to area hospitals.

The cause of the accident, which occurred just after 1 p.m., was not immediately clear.

Last week two people were killed and five injured in a collision between a truck and a commercial vehicle in the north of the country.” – timesofisrael

A garbage truck lies on its side after a lethal collision with a bus on Route 6, Sunday, August 4, 2013 (photo credit: David Buimovitch/Flash90)

A garbage truck lies on its side after a lethal collision with a bus on Route 6, Sunday, August 4, 2013 (photo credit: David Buimovitch/Flash90)

Rescue services at the scene of a lethal collision between a bus and a garbage truck on Route 6, Sunday, August 4, 2013 (photo credit: David Buimovitch/Flash90)

Rescue services at the scene of a lethal collision between a bus and a garbage truck on Route 6, Sunday, August 4, 2013 (photo credit: David Buimovitch/Flash90)

US: 4 School buses crash in North Webster, Indiana, leaving 55 injured (inc 52 students) – 230513 1345z

A school bus slammed into the back of another one Wednesday afternoon, setting off a chain-reaction crash involving four buses in northern Indiana, leaving about 50 middle and high students with non-serious injuries and one driver seriously injured.

More than 50 hurt when Indiana school buses crash

(Photo: Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department) Crash Involving Four Wawasee Buses Injures Over 50 Students 23 May 2013

The crash injured 55 people, including three of the four bus drivers, Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Chad Hill said. One of the drivers was taken by helicopter to Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne.

A doctor at the scene told school officials the driver’s injuries appeared not to be critical, Hill said. He said more than 100 students from Wawasee School Corp. were on the buses when the accident occurred about a mile north of North Webster, which is about 40 miles west of Fort Wayne.

The exact cause of the accident that happened about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday likely won’t be released for days because the buses need to be inspected for any mechanical problems, Hill said.

Most of the injured went to Kosciusko Community Hospital in Warsaw, where spokeswoman Joy Lohse said 43 of the patients first to arrive were not in serious or critical condition. Lohse said she didn’t have any additional information, including how many of the patients were students or their exact conditions. Hill said the number of injured there rose as the evening went on because of walk-ins or students brought in by their parents after first going home. A nursing supervisor at IU Health Goshen Hospital in Goshen said four students being treated there were in good condition.

Photos from the scene showed the bus in the back of the collision had heavy damage to the front end, with the hood of the vehicle lying in the road. The bus in front of it had a deep dent in the back. The damage to the other two vehicles was not as visible. Hill said the accident apparently occurred when the bus at the front apparently stopped to let a student off. Children who were not injured were taken by another bus to Wawasee Middle School where they were picked up by their parents, Hill said.
Thursday, 23 May, 2013 at 05:16 UTC RSOE

May 22 Kosciusko County Bus Crash Photo #3

(Photo: Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department) Crash Involving Four Wawasee Buses Injures Over 50 Students 23 May 2013

Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department Statement

May 22, 2013

Over 50 students were injured in a crash today that involved four school buses in northern Kosciusko County.

Kosciusko County Sheriffs Deputies and emergency personnel responded today at 3:30 p.m. to a 9-1-1 report of a vehicular crash involving three school buses just north of the town of North Webster, Indiana, on State Road 13. The first arriving emergency personnel found that four school buses from the Wawasee School Corporation were actually involved, with numerous children located in an adjacent field beside the highway. Members of the North Webster E.M.S. and Fire Department began a massive triage to evaluate the over one hundred children and calm the chaotic scene. Ambulances from North Webster, Syracuse, and Warsaw were assembled to transport the injured to both IU/Goshen Hospital and the Kosciusko Community Hospital, Warsaw. Of the four school bus drivers, three were injured, with one being airlifted from the scene and taken to Parkview Regional Medical Center with serious injuries. Multiple Wawasee School Corporations officials arrived at the scene, including the Wawasee School Superintendent Tom Edington. A large group of students with minor injuries were transported by a separate empty school bus with police escort to K.C.H. for evaluation.

Kosciusko County F.A.C.T./crash investigation team members stated that preliminary investigations into the crash indicate that all four buses had been southbound on State Road 13 with students from both Wawasee Middle and High School ranging from grades 6th through 12th. The lead bus had stopped to unload a student in the 7400 block when within moments, a chain reaction effect occurred as the rear bus impacted another. Members of the Indiana State Police are currently assisting the Kosciusko County Sheriffs Department and F.A.C.T. with troopers from the Commercial Vehicle Section to determine if the crash was a result of human or mechanical error, but have stated that the final conclusion may take several days. The driver of the rear school bus was currently listed in fair to serious conditional and was currently undergoing surgery. None of the bus drivers names are currently being release from by law enforcement at this time. All bus drivers involved will have drug & alcohol testing performed as compliant to their commercial drivers license requirements and procedures. Investigators also stated that the number of injured students has expanded from directly after the initial crash and may potentially increase this evening or possibly tomorrow after parents evaluate their children at home.



Nepal: Bus plunges 40m (50ft) into gorge in Darchula, 7 dead (named), 41 injured – 230513 1140z

Dharchula District, Nepal (

Seven persons died, and 25 (updated to 41) others got injured when a bus en-route to Khalanga, Dharchula from Mahendranagar met with an accident at Gokuleshwor-6, Nangta at Mahakali Highway on Thursday morning.

The Mahakali Yatayat bus (Na. 1 Kha 8285) fell some 40 metres off the hilly road in a gorge causing the fatalities, according to police.

The deceased are identified as Krishna Bhatta, Baitadi, Gopal Khatri and Pitambar Saud Sarmali-Darchula, Narhari Dhami, Kharkada- Darchula, Likewise, three Indian national also got killed in the accident. They are identified as Mahadev Bhatta, Mathura Datta Bhatta and Motiram Bhatta, all hailing from Baluwakot, Uttranchal, India.

All of them died at the spot, according to DSP Kuber Singh Kathayet. The injured are being treated at Gokuleshwor Heath Post. Likewise, the seriously injured are being sent to Dadeldhura, and Dhangadhi for further treatment. The police suspect the overload to be the cause of the accident. The rescue process is still underway.
Thursday, 23 May, 2013 at 06:38 (06:38 AM) UTC RSOE

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Seven killed, 41 hurt in Darchula bus plunge


“At least seven persons were killed and 41 others hurt in an accident that took place in remote Darchula district Thursday morning.


The accident occurred when a passenger bus (Na 4 Kha 8385) heading for Darchula from Mahendranagar skidded off the hilly road at Gokuleshwor-6 at around 6 am in the morning and fell about 50 feet down, Darchula District Police Office said.


The deceased have been identified as Moti Ram Bhatta, Gopal Singh Khatry, Mahadev Bhatta, Mathura Bhatta, Narsingh Dhami, Krishna Bhatta and Karan Saud. Although most of the deceased are said to be from Darchula itself, but their age including other details could not be verified immediately.


Earlier, a team of Army and police personnel that reached the site of the accident were aided by locals to bring out few passengers who were trapped inside the bus to safety.

The injured are currently receiving treatment at a local health post.” -

Wales: One man dies, two critically injured in Caernarfon Airport plane crash – 190513 2145z

Accident investigators start probe after tragedy

Plane which crashed at Caernarfon airport
Plane which crashed at Caernarfon airport

“A MAN died and two others were critically injured when a light aircraft which crashed at Caernarfon Airport this morning.

Last night air accident investigators arrived at the scene to begin a detailed inquiry to try and pinpoint what may have happened to cause the accident.

The single-engined Piper Cherokee was approaching the westerly runway at the airport at Dinas Dinlle at about 11.25am on a flight from the north west of England.

Sources at the airport suggested the aircraft may have clipped some trees close to the airport boundary and “flipped over”.

Airport firefighters were at the scene almost immediately and found the aircraft overturned on the grassy area to the left of the runway.

Paramedics from the Wales Air Ambulance are based at the airport and were also quickly at the scene.

The casualties were given emergency treatment before being airlifted to Ysbyty Gwynedd.

One man, who has not been named, was pronounced dead at the scene.

A Welsh Ambulance Service NHS Trust spokesman said a man in his 60s had “serious multiple lower limb injuries” and a boy had head and abdomen injuries. Their condition last night was described as “critical”.

The airport fire crews were joined by eight appliances from five North Wales Fire Service stations at Caernarfon, Porthmadog, Llanberis, Pwllheli and Llangefni.

Specialist appliances from Holyhead were also sent to the scene.

A fire service spokeswoman said fire fighters laid a foam blanket over the area to prevent spilt fuel igniting.

An airport worker said: “We’re stunned by what has happened.”

Locals were alerted to the tragedy by the sound of emergency vehicles arriving at the airport.

Richard Roberts, 58, and his wife Gwen from Penygroes were walking their dog along the beach.

“We hear the aeroplanes at the airport all the time and think nothing of them. We saw the fire engines arriving and knew something tragic had happened. My thoughts and prayers are with those involved,” said Mr Roberts.

The aircraft is a Piper Cherokee aircraft, a popular single-engined aircraft which can carry four passengers. The plane is believed to be based at Blackpool and is available for hire.

Chief Inspector Darren Wareing said Family Liaison Officers are supporting the family who are from the Lancashire area.

He added: An investigation is on-going and we are appealing to anyone who witnessed the plane as it approached the runway of Caernarfon Airport to contact police.

Anyone with any information relating to the incident is asked to contact North Wales Police on 101.” –

US: Caught on cam: New Mexico police officer and good samaritans lift suv off child – 180513 1200z - KABC Los Angeles News

A New Mexico state police officer and good Samaritans lifted an overturned SUV off a little girl, and it was all caught on dash-cam video.

(Video credit: koattv)

Officer Steve Nunez arrived at the scene of the accident last week he noticed an 8-year-old girl was trapped in the wreckage. Nunez says she was fading fast.

He and a bystander tried to jack up the vehicle, but that didn’t work, so he started calling out to anyone for manpower. One by one, good Samaritans came racing.

Slowly, the SUV started to rise all the way onto its side, and they pulled the little girl out to safety. She was rushed to a local hospital, and she is expected to make a full recovery.

Nunez says his own children served as an inspiration.

“It’s always hard to see anybody in that situation, but especially children, and dad mode kicked in,” Nunez said.

The cause of the accident is under investigation.”

(Copyright 2013 KABC-TV/DT. All Rights Reserved.)

Russia: At least 36 dead in fire in psychiatric hospital nr Moscow, 3 survive (named) – 260413 1150z

At least 38 people have been killed in a fire at a psychiatric hospital on the outskirts of Moscow that housed as many as 41 people, including medical staff.

The fire started around 2:30 am Moscow Time (22:30 GMT) in Psychiatric Hospital 14 in Ramenskoe.By the time fire rescue arrived, the entire one-story building was engulfed in flames. The fire started in a wing for special treatment patients. One nurse managed to escape the blaze, bringing two patients out of the building to safety, where they were found by firefighters. The nurse told reporters that she was woken up by the fire alarm, and ran into the hallway where she saw a chair burning. She remembers seeing a flash. Firefighters found the bodies of 12 dead people, according to ITAR-TASS. Four were found near the exit of the hospital, while eight others were found in the wards.

The hospital had bars on its windows, preventing people from escaping. Most of the bodies were found still in their beds. “The fire started when they were asleep,” a law enforcement source told TASS, adding that people had little chance to escape. “Some of them tried to escape but were poisoned by the products of combustion,” he said. The fire, meanwhile, has now been fully extinguished but the building “burned down almost completely.” “Some windows had bars, some did not,” doctor-in-chief of the facility, Murat Shahov told lifenews. He said that only two patients in the facility could not walk, the rest suffered severe psychological illnesses. “There were patients with acute psychosis, alcoholics and one drug addict. We also had patients with schizophrenia.”

Authorities point to faulty electric wiring and a short circuit as the possible cause. Forty five police have cordoned off the area and are investigating the cause of the fire. Currently there are 120 people working at the site of the tragedy, including 30 pieces of machinery. According to the Ministry of Health 18 ambulances were on site. The Emergencies Ministry has published a list of 41 patients and medical staff who were inside the facility when the fire started (full list in Russian). The patients ranged in age from 20 to 76. The two medical staff listed as “to be verified” are believed to be dead.

Friday, 26 April, 2013 at 04:39 UTC RSOE

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Dozens dead in fire in psych ward near Moscow, 3 survive

(Video credit:RTGlobalReport)

RUSSIA TODAY Published time: April 26, 2013 00:50

Edited time: April 26, 2013 10:48

Russia’s Investigative Committee has opened a criminal investigation into the fire, reporting that 36 people died, including two nurses. However, the Emergency Ministry has said that 38 died in the blaze.

Authorities point to faulty electric wiring and a short circuit as the possible cause. But, the investigators are looking into all possible causes of the fire, śincluding careless use of fire”, Investigative Committee representative Irina Gumennaya told the media.

The fire started around 2:30 am Moscow Time (22:30 GMT) in Psychiatric Hospital 14 in Ramenskoe in a wing for special treatment patients. By the time fire rescue arrived, the entire one-story building was engulfed in flames. The fire burned an area of about 420 square meters.

One nurse managed to escape the blaze, bringing two patients out of the building to safety, where they were found by firefighters.

The nurse told reporters that she was woken up by the fire alarm, and ran into the hallway where she saw a couch burning. She remembers seeing a flash.

Emergency response team eliminates fire at Mental Hospital No. 14 in the village of Ramensky of the Dmitrovsky District in the Moscow Region (RIA Novosti/Press-service of Russian Emergency Situations Ministry)

Emergency response team eliminates fire at Mental Hospital No. 14 in the village of Ramensky of the Dmitrovsky District in the Moscow Region (RIA Novosti/Press-service of Russian Emergency Situations Ministry)

Authorities have recovered 36 bodies at the scene. “Seven died from carbon monoxide poisoning, while others perished from burns”, Gumennaya said.

Experts have begun to identify the dead bodies at a local hospital, the Emergency Ministry reported.

Rescuers found eight of the dead bodies by the exit inside the psychiatric hospital, suggesting that they were trying to escape but were prevented by the effects of carbon monoxide, RIA Novosti reported, quoting a source close to the investigation. 

Firefighters were delayed getting to the scene because of a closed river crossing – the trip took an hour instead of the expected 20 minutes, local media reported.

The hospital had bars on its windows, preventing people from escaping. Most of the bodies were found still in their beds.

śThe fire started when they were asleep,ť a law enforcement source told TASS, adding that people had little chance to escape. śSome of them tried to escape but were poisoned by the products of combustion,” he said. The fire, meanwhile, has now been fully extinguished but the building “burned down almost completely.ť

Emergency response team working on the fire scene at a mental hospital in the village of Ramensky. (RIA Novosti/Andrey Stenin)

Emergency response team working on the fire scene at a mental hospital in the village of Ramensky. (RIA Novosti/Andrey Stenin)

śSome windows had bars, some did not,ť doctor-in-chief of the facility, Murat Shakhov told LifeNews tabloid. He said that only two patients in the facility could not walk, the rest suffered severe psychological illnesses.

śThere were patients with acute psychosis, alcoholics and one drug addict. We also had patients with schizophrenia.ť

Forty five police have cordoned off the area and are investigating the cause of the fire. Currently there are 120 people working at the site of the tragedy, including 30 pieces of machinery. According to the Ministry of Health 18 ambulances were on site.

Emergency response team working on the fire scene at a mental hospital in the village of Ramensky. (RIA Novosti/Andrey Stenin)

Emergency response team working on the fire scene at a mental hospital in the village of Ramensky. (RIA Novosti/Andrey Stenin)

A half-meter-long tunnel was discovered dug out under the burned hospital, suggesting that one of the patients may have been planning an escape, according to Interfax.

Investigators reported that the fire started in the hospital’s common room.

“One of the patients who survived the fire told investigators that when he woke up, the blaze had already begun and a couch in a common room was burning. He added that a new patient was recently admitted who suffered from drug addiction and constantly smoked, disregarding safety rules”, Gumennaya added.

Another eyewitnesses described how firefighters could not extinguish the blaze due to a lack of water: śThe first car arrived without water. Then another came – also empty. It was only the third car that had water,ť local resident Yefim Volkov told the media.

Emergency response team working on the fire scene at a mental hospital in the village of Ramensky. (RIA Novosti/Andrey Stenin)

Emergency response team working on the fire scene at a mental hospital in the village of Ramensky. (RIA Novosti/Andrey Stenin)

Some sources claimed that the patients were unable to escape the building in time because they were sedated by powerful drugs, reported.

śThe chief psychiatrist of the hospital told the investigative team that there were special headgear available in case of a fire, but none of them were used,ť an investigator told the media.

One of the firefighters at the scene told reporters that the “building itself was all wooden, which made it easier for the fire to spreadť. 

The Emergencies Ministry has published a list of 41 patients and medical staff who were inside the facility when the fire started (full list in Russian). The patients ranged in age from 20 to 76. The two medical staff listed as śto be verifiedť are believed to be dead.

Fire inspectors made two visits to the hospital in 2012. During the first visit, a number of fire safety violations were found that were later fixed in time for the second inspection in August that same year.

Relatives of those killed in the fire will be paid 500,000 rubles ($16,000) in compensation, RIA Novosti quoted Moscow regional governor Andrey Vorobyov as saying.

Moscow declared April 27 to be a day of mourning for those killed in the psychiatric hospital fire.

Tragic history of fires in medical facilities

Tragic blazes in medical facilities are common in Russia, with at least 18 cases in the past seven years.

Among the most notable was in 2009 in the Russian Republic of Komi, where a blaze in an old people’s home in the region took the lives of 23 people. Only three were saved in the incident.

23 people died in a fire at a wooden care home in the village of Podyelsk, Republic of Komi (RIA Novosti)

23 people died in a fire at a wooden care home in the village of Podyelsk, Republic of Komi (RIA Novosti)

Two years earlier, a fire in the city of Tula, again in a home for the elderly, resulted in 32 victims. 247 patients, including medical staff were saved.

That same year, in 2007, another inferno in a care home claimed the lives 61 of victims. Only 35 people were saved.

Over 20 psychologists providing information and psychological support

Today 13:09
Over 20 psychologists of the Center of emergency psychological aid of the the Russian Emergencies Ministry, the Central Regional Centre and the Main Directorate of the Russian Emergencies Ministry in the Moscow region are working with the relatives of victims in a fire at a psychiatric hospital №14, Ramenskoye, Dmitrovsky district, Moscow region.
Psychological help is being provided by hot line 8 (800) 775-17-17, which has already received 114 calls.

LIST of administrative staff and patients the mental health facility №14of Moscow Region, Dmitrovsky Municipal district, Kulikovsky rural settlment, Ramenskoye settlement,

Bolnichnaya St.6(as of06.0026.04.2013)

Specified = feared dead


Last, first and middle names Date of birth Location Annotation
1 Gladkikh Dmitry Andreevich 1987 evacuated patient
2 Kulikova Diana Vladimirovna 1945 evacuated patient
3 Volkova Victoria Viktorovna 1983 evacuated administrative staff
4 Ambramenkov Vladimir Nikolaevich 1949 specified patient
5 Arkhipova Valentina Aleksandrovna 1957 specified patient
6 Gertsev Grigory Nikolaevich 1965 specified patient
7 Glinkin Denis Anatolievich 1976 specified patient
8 Gluboko Vyacheslav Nikolaevich 1951 specified patient
9 Grishin Igor Vladimirovich 1963 specified patient
10 Grushin Aleksandr Mikhailovich 1988 specified patient
11 Yegorushkin Vladimir Yurievich 1988 specified patient
12 Zhivotkov Aleksey Stepanovich 1941 specified patient
13 Ivanova Lubov Viktorovna 1993 specified patient
14 Isktin Nikolay Alekseevich 1956 specified patient
15 Kosachev Mikhail Nikolaevich 1972 specified patient
16 Kocheshkov Anatoly Viktorivich 1953 specified patient
17 Kruglyakov Igor Nikolaevich 1969 specified patient
18 Krylov Yuriy Vladimirovich 1957 specified patient
19 Kutyanin Yuriy Grigorievich 1941 specified patient
20 Lobzev Aleksandr Evgenievich 1954 specified patient
21 Maksman Boris Avgustovich 1960 specified patient
22 Medvedev Kiril Andreevich 1987 specified patient
23 Mensitova Marina Rustamovna 1963 specified patient
24 Netryakhin Evgeny Mikhailovich 1945 specified patient
25 Mikhailenko Olga Aleksandrovna 1977 specified patient
26 Sergey (Last and middle name was not determined) presumably 1979 specified patient
27 Noskov Yuriy Mikhailovich 1961 specified patient
28 Peskov Aleksandr Vladimirovich 1977 specified patient
29 Podshibyakina Alevtina Vladimirovna 1974 specified patient
30 Prokhin Yuriy Aleksandrovich 1981 specified patient
31 Pchelkin Andrey Vladimirovich 1960 specified patient
32 Smartseva Valentina Vasilievna 1950 specified patient
33 Sokolova Maria Georgievna 1972 specified patient
34 Stepanova Svetlana Gurievna 1937 specified patient
35 Stroganov Boris Semenovich 1948 specified patient
36 Tomin Sergeevich 1960 specified patient
37 Frolov Genadiy Yurievich 1955 specified patient
38 Salimov Yuriy Leonidovich 1939 specified patient
39 Shchyukin Aleksandr Ivanivich 1979 specified patient
40 Popova Tamara Sergeevna 1941 specified administrative staff
41 Mayorova Tatiana Anatolievna

China: Beijing Accident, Cars and People on Fire Caught on Camera – 250413 2105z

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A collision between three vehicles on Linglong Road in Beijing on Monday evening resulted in rolling fireballs that consumed four cars, resulting in five injuries.

According to eyewitnesses, two Audis an A5 and A6 were dueling with one another on the road (or driving with a grudge, as it were). That might not mean street racing per se, but a degree of recklessness is implied. The A6 lost control first and rammed into another car, and the ensuing flames would engulf a fourth vehicle.

In the dramatic video below, someone shouts, Is there a child in the car?

A dog.

A dog?

Are there any people left in those cars? people continue to ask while trying their best to pull others to safety, fearing an explosion.

F**k, the man behind the camera marvels. How did this happen?

Burning car in Beijing 1
Burning car in Beijing 2
Burning car in Beijing 3

US: Irving, Texas, bus accident leaves at least 2 dead, 36+ injured (16 critically) 110413 1700z

NB/SB Texas State Hwy 161 shutdown as crews rescue ‘as many as 40’ from charter bus crash – Texas Charter Bus Overturns in Irving, TX on State Hwy 161 | 40 Trapped inside Bus
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“IRVING, Texas – Rescue crews are on the scene where a charter bus crashed on northbound State Highway 161 near the N. Belt Line Rd. accident in Irving.

The bus is overturned on its side and rescue crew members are currently pulling out trapped passengers. Other passengers are being treated on areas to the side of the wreckage. Both northbound and southbound lanes of 161 have been shut down.

“All I really saw from the distance was a bunch of smoke,” said a witness who was driving on the southbound lanes of 161. “The bus must have hit something, turned on its side, crashed and slid all the way to the guardrail.”

The witness said he saw one person trapped underneath the bus.He said rescue crews came to the scene about four to five minutes after the bus crashed.

Several ambulances and one CareFlite helicopter are at the scene. It is unknown how many people were injured in the crash.” – newswatchstation

News Reports

2 dead in Irving bus crash Apr 11, 2013 5:23 PM GDT


Two people are dead after a charter bus crashed in Irving this morning on State Highway 161 and Belt Line Road.

The Cardinal Coach Line bus was headed to the Choctaw Casino in Oklahoma.

The bus had just picked up some passengers at a supermarket in Hurst and was headed to the casino.

Witnesses say the bus may have blown a tire.

People driving along the highway stopped their cars and rushed to help those just minutes after the crash.

” Most of the people we pulled out were in shock, they’re just crying, we were just trying to get them out and calm them down,” said Robert Hare.

“It was just people stacked on top of each other and the bus, it was three seats and the aisle was on the bottom, so all three seats feel into the aisle and they’re on top of each other,” said Ed Cluck.

Emergency workers used the emergency exits on top of the bus to pull passengers from the vehicle.

At least 16 people have critical injuries from the accident. Forty people were on board.

Witnesses say many of those on board were not wearing seat belts.

Several fire departments from the surrounding area are on the scene to help the injured.

Careflight was called in to get to those with the most serious injuries.

Many of the injured are headed to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, the Las Colinas Medical Center in Irving and Baylor Hospital in Irving.

Cardinal Coach Line is based in Mansfield.” –

Two Killed, Dozens Injured in Bus Rollover on Bush Turnpike

SH 161 closed, drivers advised to avoid the area for several hours Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 | Updated 11:18 AM CDT

“More than 36 people were injured and two were killed when a private charter bus overturned along state Highway 161/PresidentGeorge Bush Turnpike near Belt Line RoadThursday morning.

Department of Public Safety Trooper Lonny Hashell confirmed two people were killed in the crash.Three dozen people wereinjured andtransported to area hospitals. Officials with the Irving Fire Department said 45 people were on the passenger list.

Sixteen patients are in critical condition while many others suffered only minor injuries, according to emergency crews.The injured arebeing sent to various Dallas-area hospitals including Baylor Irving Medical Center,Las Colinas Medical Center,Parkland Memorial Hospital and Methodist Hospital in Dallas. The Dallas County medical examiner has also been called to the scene.

Injured passengers who were able to walk were loaded on a DART bus for transport to Baylor Irving Hospital. Baylor staff is calling in extra staff to help deal with the injuries.

Initial reports saidthe bus rolled overnear Belt Line Road and that as many as 40 passengerswere trapped inside.Chopper 5watched from aboveas firefighters pulled multiple victims out of the bus.

DPS said the bus was traveling northbound on state Highway 161 when the bus drove onto the right side of the road for an unexplained reason. They hit a rubber attenuator and traveled back across all lanes of the turnpike, on to the grassy median, and then ran up and along the middle concere barrier. The bus flipped over and slid on its side.

Fuel spilled from the bus and out onto the roadway. Emergency crews were still cleaning up that spill hours after the crash was reported.

The bus came downon its right side,the same side as the exit doors, trappingpassengers inside. Passengers had to use emergency hatches on the roof and push out the windows on the left side of the bus to climb out,orawait rescue bypassers by or emergency crews.

The National Traffic Safety Board announced they are also launching a team of regional investigators to the scene of the bus crash.

DPS also said the highway will be shut down for several house following the investigation to allow the scene to be cleared and spilled fuel to be cleaned up. Drivers are enouraged to avoid 161 by using state Highway 114,state Highway 183, or Interstate 635.

The charter bus is owned by Cardinal Coach Lines of Mansfield. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Administration, Cardinal Coach Line has not had any accidents, moving violations, or Department of Transportation driver or vehicle out of service orders or violations.

“Bodies Stacked on Top of Each Other”

Passenger Dan Risik tells NBC 5 the charter bus was headed to Choctaw Casino Resort in Durant, Okla. The bus set out from a Walmart parking lot and was heading north to the casino. After the crash, Risik said people were laying on other people, trapping individuals underneath each other.

Risik said many of the passengers are older individuals, including retirees and senior citizens.

Robert Hare and Ed Couck witnessed the aftermath of the crash and stopped to help injured passengers.

“A lot of people in shock, broken bones,” Hare said. “A couple of people who are dead. They were crushed under the bus.”

“You see this bus on the side of the road, and what can you do?” Hare said. “You just stop, you get out and you do whatever you can to help.”

“Just saw this big white smoke. My first thought it was a street sweeper. Man thats awfully odd, a street sweeper,” Ed Couck said. “Cars started slowing down and you realized it was a vehicle on its side. And obviously a big one, stopped jumped out and got to the front of the vehicle, you look into see who you could help, and it was just people stacked on top of each other.”

Hare and Couck helped pull passengers from the bus.

“Popped the roof hatches and try to get out everybody we could. It was pretty bad, people screaming. There was obviously a lot of pain. It was bad,” Couck said.

NBC 5 has crewsat the scene gathering more information. As this is a developing story, details may change as we receive more information. NBC 5 reporters Ken Kalthoff, Jeff Smith, Keaton Fox, Christine Lee, and editors Greg Janda, Frank Heinz, and others contributed to this story.” –

Switzerland: Massive accident on A9 near Chexbres , 50 cars involved, 11 taken to hospital, 100 treated for shock – 310313 1500z

Bad weather, excessive speeds and cars traveling too close together in the fog played a role in a massive accident on the A9 autoroute between Lausanne and Martigny Saturday late morning, say Vaud police.

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The accident occurred shortly before the Chexbres tunnel, heading in the direction of canton Valais, at 11:35.
Fifty cars were involved in the pileup and 46 of them suffered damage.
More than 100 people were taken to the Blecherette cantonal police centre in Lausanne, in minivans, to recover from the shock.
The autoroute was closed from 11:35 until shortly before 16:00 to sort out the situation and clear up the road.
Sunday, 31 March, 2013 at 04:09 (04:09 AM) UTC RSOE

11 people injured slightly, taken to hospital; 100 treated at police centre for shock

Special phone line set up for those involved +41 21 644 83 48

“GENEVA, SWITZERLAND Bad weather, excessive speeds and cars traveling too close together in the fog played a role in a massive accident on the A9 autoroute between Lausanne and Martigny Saturday late morning, say Vaud police. The accident occurred shortly before the Chexbres tunnel, heading in the direction of canton Valais, at 11:35. Fifty cars were involved in the pileup and 46 of them suffered damage.

More than 100 people were taken to the Blecherette cantonal police centre in Lausanne, in minivans, to recover from the shock.

The autoroute was closed from 11:35 until shortly before 16:00 to sort out the situation and clear up the road.

Video on RTS, for viewers in Switzerland

Massive team called out to help

Traffic was rerouted while a team of 100 emergency workers, called to the scene immediately after the accident, took care of the injured and those in shock, removed the cars, all of which were taken to a holding garage next to the police centre in Monts-sur-Lausanne, where they will be inspected and assessed for insurance purposes but also for the police investigation.

The pileup required 19 Vaud gendarme units, 18 workers from the Civil Protection office to reroute traffic, the cantonal highway department to set up the detours and signs and to repair damage to the roads, the head of the medical emergency group SMUR and head of the ambulance section, 8 ambulances, 50 volunteers from the GAS (Groupement dappui sanitaire) trained emergency teams who are on call for such situations, 4 psychologists and an additional emergency worker, a fire department team with 5 vehicles and 10 men, and several companies that hauled away the vehicles.

Traffic rerouted via the A12 for 4 hours

French-speaking Switzerlands traffic heading towards Valais was sent on a detour to Bern and from German-speaking Switzerland the traffic was rerouted via Bern and Fribourg, on the A12.

Police closed one lane for a brief period before 17:00 to put the road back in shape.

Anyone involved in the accident may use a hotline which has been set up by the police, starting Sunday morning, daily from 07:00 to 17:00.

The Servette Football Club was caught in the traffic around the pileup and reportedly had a three-hour delay for their match in Sion.” –

Austria weather chaos: 100 vehicle pile-up on motorway A1, 1 dead, 14 injured. Tunnel accidents on A2 leave 29 others injured – 270313 1630z

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A pile-up involving about 100 vehicles on a snow-hit Austrian motorway has left at least one person dead. Emergency officials said the crash scene on the west-bound A1 west of Vienna stretched for more than 2km (1.2 miles).

Six regional fire departments have been at the scene with ambulances and an emergency services helicopter, broadcaster ORF said.
A spell of freezing weather is causing disruption across Europe. Officials said the accident happened near St Poelten, about 60km from the capital, and involved about 40 lorries and 60 cars.
Franz Resperger of the Lower Austrian fire department said the icy carriageway was a likely factor in the crash.
In southern Austria, at least 29 people were injured – six seriously – in two accidents inside road tunnels in the state of Styria, ORF reported.
The A2 motorway, which runs through the tunnels, was blocked in both directions.

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This years winter causes many problems such as empty salt depots in Klagenfurt (Southern Austria) and the massive burden of snow on the roofs.
Many lorry drivers on motorways do apparently not know how to install snow chains.
Even though winter will soon come to an end, Austrias South has recently been affected by heavy snowfalls.
Meteorologists state that snow of this amount has not been there for seven years.
15 centimetres of snow were enough to cause an absolute chaos on the A2 Sudautobahn (Southern motorway) next to Wolfsberg, said Robert Schrammel, an employee of the motorway maintenance.
“We are clearing the snow from the roads of the A2 with nine vehicles. The biggest problem is that lorry drivers often have no snow chains with them or cannot install them themselves. Our workers have to stop and help them in order for them to drive on. I am thus appealing to the drivers that they support us a little instead of swearing at us”, said Mr Schrammel.
Roofing companies are also working at full blast in order to free the roofs from the burden of snow.
House owners are obliged to put up poles for snow and to free their roofs in order to avoid accidents.
The snow is taken to the former sewage plant south of Klagenfurt. 70,000 tons of snow has been transported there this year, which is 20,000 more tons than last year.
Wednesday, 27 March, 2013 at 06:06 (06:06 AM) UTC RSOE & (06:12 AM) UTC. RSOE

News Reports

Chaos in Austria! Scary accident on A2: One dead and 46 injured, 16 cars and 7 trucks damaged

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Dozens of cars and trucks collided at the entrance of the tunnel Herzogberg. A very serious accident occurred Tuesday night in Austria. The causes of the accident were weather conditions (ice and fog), giving them the slippery road fork drivers.

accident HOMEPAGE 720x407 Haos in Austria! Accident infiorator pe A2: Un mort si 46 de raniti, 16 masini si 7 tiruri avariate (FOTO/VIDEO) All nightmare began when a truck skidded 200 meters inside the tunnel and collided with several cars coming from the opposite direction. Violent impact led to a real cannon, autoturimsele and back trucks which were bumping into each other.

The impact resulted in one dead and 46 injured. For two hours traffic was stopped on the highway A2 in Austria.

India: Maharashtra bus accident: Bus plunge into Jagbudi River, at least 37 dead, 15 injured – 190313 1245z

At least 37 people were killed and seven injured when a speeding Mumbai-bound private bus plunged into the Jagbudi River in Ratnagiri district on Tuesday.

(Photo: Onlookers gather around the bus that fell off a bridge into the Jagbudi river in Maharashtras Ratnagiri district. (Click photo to link to source)

The accident occurred around 3.30 am near Khed when the driver was negotiating a steep turn and lost control over the vehicle, which fell off the Jagbudi bridge from a height of about 40 ft, Khed police station in-charge Mahendra Singh Pardeshi told PTI.

The bus, which was badly damaged, was on its way back from Goa when the mishap took place.

Bodies of 37 passengers have been extricated so far and have been kept at the Khed municipal hospital, where the injured have also been admitted, he said.

The deceased have not been identified yet.

Rescue operations are still on (at time below) and the bus is being retrieved from the river, which has dried up almost, police said. Following the accident, traffic on the Mumbai-Goa Highway was disrupted for nearly four hours.

Tuesday, 19 March, 2013 at 05:54 (05:54 AM) UTC RSOE

Other Reports

37 killed in Maharashtra bus accident

“A private tourist bus fell off from the bridge, killing 37 passengers and injuring another 15 on Tuesday morning at around 3.30 am, in a worst ever accident on Mumbai-Goa highway.

The bus coming from Goa was heading towards Mumbai. When it reached the bridge over Jagbudi River near Khed in Ratnagiri district, the driver lost his control and the bus landed upside down on a dried patch of the river.” – The Hindu

More here: 37 killed in Maharashtra bus accident – The Hindu

Mumbai-bound bus meets with accident in Ratnagiri district, 37 killed

“At least 37 people were killed and seven injured when a speeding Mumbai-bound luxury bus plunged into the Jagbudi River in Ratnagiri district in the early hours today.

Pics: Mumbai-Goa bus accident

The bus was on its way to Mumbai on the Goa-Mumbai highway when it fell off the bridge, police said.” –

Scotland: Woman killed and two others injured after car racing in Snowman Rally nr Loch Ness collided with spectators – 160213 1800z

Emergency services are currently attending an incident at Stage 1 of the Highland Car Club Snowman Rally at Glenurquhart Forest, Balnain.

The event has been abandoned and members of the Northern Constabulary’s Road Policing Unit are in attendance along with members of the Scottish Ambulance Service.

From initial information it would appear that a car involved in the rally left the track and collided with spectators.

Police can confirm that a 50-year-old woman has sustained fatal injuries and an eight year old boy has been taken to Raigmore Hospital for treatment.

The boy’s condition is not believed to be life threatening.

Neither the driver or the co-driver of the vehicle was injured as a result of the incident.

The details of the deceased will not be issued until all next of kin have been informed.

Members of the Northern Constabulary’s Road Policing Unit will be carrying out a full road collision investigation and a report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.

The race is the opening round of the 2013 Scottish Rally Championship.

Dave Robson, Chairman of the ARR Craib MSA Scottish Rally Championship said: The Management Committee, competitors and officials of the SRC extend their condolences to the families of those involved in today’s incident on Special Stage 1 of the Snowman Rally.

We offer our committed support to Highland Car Club and all those affected at this difficult time”.

Update: Northern Constabulary says a third person has been injured, but ‘walking wounded’ in rally crash near Loch Ness

Myanmar (Burma): Bus plunges 40 metres in Arakan Mountains killing 14 and injuring 33 – 230113 1800z

A passenger bus travelling from Rangoon to Arakan State swerved off the road and fell down a mountainside on Wednesday, killing people 14 and injuring 33 others, according to initial Burmese police reports.

The accident occurred on Wednesday morning at 3 am, about 30 miles away from Taungup Township, when an overnight bus travelling through the Arakan Mountains in western Burma plunged 40 meters down a mountain slope, a post on the official Facebook page of the Myanmar Police Force said.

The report provided few details of the accident, other than mentioning that it had been caused by “a problem with the brakes” of the bus.

Medical staff at the Taungup Township Hospital told The Irrawaddy by telephone on Wednesday that 17 of 33 surviving crash victims were in a serious condition, adding that 12 had already transferred to the larger hospital in Thandwe City.

The other five severely injured victims were receiving treatment in Taungup Township Hospital, local staff said, adding that most victims suffered broken limbs and head trauma.

Min Aung, chairman of the National League for Democracy party in Taungup Township, said he was taking part in the rescue effort, adding that the mountainous conditions made it difficult for authorities and rescue workers to retrieve the victims from the crash site.

“The injured people were sent to the hospital with other buses,” he said. “As the bus fell a very long way down, we are still collecting the dead bodies.”

“It takes about 30 minutes to bring a dead body up to the road,” Min Aung added. Si Thu Lwin, a friend of a man called Win Zaw, who was being treated in Taungup Hospital, said that it remained unclear what had caused the bus to swerve off the road and into the valley below.

“My friend cannot speak well at the moment. He managed to tell me that the bus went down into the valley, but he did not know why,” Si Thu Lwin said.

There are dozens of passenger buses that make daily trips from Rangoon to Thandweusually at nightand accidents on the way are common.

The death toll in Wednesday’s crash however, is believed to be one of the highest in recent years. Road connections between Rangoon and Arakan State on Burma’s western coast pass through the Arakan Mountains, where poor roads are a constant hazard to passenger and goods transport.

Local businessman Kyauk Taun is understood to have won a bid for a government order to renovate the roads in the region several years ago.

Currently, he is collecting road fees from cars and buses passing through, yet much of the roads remain in an extremely poor condition.

Wednesday, 23 January, 2013 at 12:25 (12:25 PM) UTC RSOE

Pakistan: 26 killed in a head-on collision between a van and truck near Bahawalpur

A Pakistani police official says 26 people were killed when a passenger van and a truck collided near the central city of Bahawalpur.

The police chief of Bahawalpur, Suhail Tajik, says Tuesday’s accident took place on a section of the highway outside the city.

He says the passenger van was overtaking another vehicle when it slammed into an oncoming truck. The van was completely destroyed.

Rescuers moved 10 injured passengers to the city hospital.

All were in serious condition. Pakistan has a well-developed highway system but drivers often ignore basic safety rules.

Tuesday, 30 October, 2012 at 17:12 (05:12 PM) UTC RSOE

Those taken to hospital later died from their injuries.

“Twenty-six people, including 11 women and two children, were confirmed dead in the accident, said the district police officer, adding that the accident was caused by overspeeding. A senior doctor at the Bahawal-Victoria Hospital, Muhammad Irshad Chaudhry, confirmed the casualties.

The victims, included five members of the same family, belonged to Mubarakpur

President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf expressed grief and sorrow over the loss of lives in the traffic accident. They directed the authorities to ensure the best treatment for the injured.” Geo TV

South Africa: At least 5 killed, 87 others hurt (20 of which critical) in bus accident – Death toll may rise

At least five people were killed and 87 others were hurt as the bus they were travelling in crashed in eastern South Africa on Saturday afternoon, local media reported.

The crowded bus crashed outside the port city of Durban in the eastern province of KwaZulu-Natal, the South African Press Association (SAPA) reported, citing local paramedics on Saturday evening.

Among the injured, 20 are in critical condition, and the death toll might continue to rise, the SAPA reported.

The bus was suddenly out of control as it was travelling down a windy road, and rolled over before impacting a house beside the road, local paramedics said.

Police was investigating the cause of the fatal accident.
In recent years, the deadly road traffic accidents have become one of the biggest killers in South Africa.

Saturday, 26 May, 2012 at 20:32 (08:32 PM) UTC RSOE

US: Massachusetts Police Officer saves several in dramatic 4-Alarm inferno; 5 hospitalised, 21 displaced

A four-alarm fire at a condominium building in Plymouth early Saturday morning displaced 21 residents and hospitalized five, one with a severe leg injury, fire officials said.

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Plymouth Fire Chief G. Edward Bradley said the fire, which was reported just after 2:30 a.m., started when a woman using an oxygen machine dropped her cigarette on the floor.

The cigarette burned through the machine’s tubing, igniting the oxygen flowing through it.

Bradley said that 911 calls received by Plymouth dispatchers were made by neighbors who heard panicked residents of the Tideview Path building yelling for help.

“It’s a scary time of night for us, because people are in their deepest sleep and won’t hear the alarms or commotion,” Bradley said.

“From the initial calls we were getting, we fully expected it to be way worse of an outcome than it was.”

Firefighters arriving at the scene saw heavy smoke billowing out of one side of the building and flames shooting out the back.

A woman trapped on her second-story deck jumped to the ground, severely injuring her leg, Bradley said. She was transported by ambulance to the South Shore Hospital.
Her condition was unknown Saturday morning.

A man on a third-floor deck was also poised to jump, but police officers convinced the man to wait for firefighters, who then rescued the man unharmed using a ground ladder.

Meanwhile, the woman whose cigarette sparked the blaze walked back into the burning building after initially fleeing, banging on her neighbors’ doors and trying to rouse them.The woman and a man who lived with her were both treated for smoke inhalation, Bradley said.

One of the police officers who initially responded also ran into the building, despite having no safety equipment. Finding that one of the two stairwells in the building was engulfed in flames, he ran up the other, which was filled with heavy smoke.

The officer was able to successfully escort several residents on the upper floors to safety, Bradley said.A neighbor said the officer then ran back into the building, this time with a fire extinguisher, and attempted to fight the blaze himself.

The officer and a firefighter were both hospitalized for smoke inhalation and overexertion.

“He’s to be commended,” Bradley said of the officer. “That’s really above and beyond.

They’re going in buildings without protection.

You hear people yelling for help, police and fire officers would do anything they possibly can without regard for their own personal safety.

Neighbor Jim Rivers, 42, has lived on Tideview Path for 22 years. A self-described “night owl,” he noticed the flicker of flames through his window and ran to help while his wife called 911.

As he approached the building, Rivers saw thick black smoke and heard residents inside screaming for help. He soon found the woman who had jumped from her balcony lying on the ground in agony.

Worried that glass from exploding windows might further injure her, Rivers pulled the woman a safe distance from the building.

Rivers said that while the woman was conscious, “she was in quite a bit of pain.”Rivers called the police officer who twice ran into the building a hero.

“He needs some recommendation,” Rivers said. “He went in there with nothing on… I mean, at 3 in the morning, he had more energy than anybody. You could see his adrenaline kicked in and he just took care of everything.”

The fire was characterized by investigators as an accident and no charges will be filed, Bradley said.

Early reports that the fire was caused by a car hitting the building were erroneous, he said.

Twenty-one people were displaced by the fire, which rendered the 12-unit building uninhabitable, Bradley said.

Police officers brought the victims to the town’s emergency response shelter, where the Red Cross is assisting them in finding alternate housing.

Saturday, 26 May, 2012 at 18:07 (06:07 PM) UTC RSOE

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Venezuela helicopter crash kills 4 servicemen, 1 injured

Venezuelas defense minister says a military helicopter has crashed during a training flight, killing four servicemen.

Mi-17 helicopters

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Mi-17 helicopters
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Minister Gen. Henry Rangel Silva says one of the five on board the helicopter was injured but survived.

Rangel says the Russian-made MI-17 helicopter crashed during a training flight at an airport in the western town of San Felipe.

He said among those killed in Fridays crash was Col. Oscar Martinez Mora, a flight instructor and commander of a helicopter battalion in the town.

Rangel says the helicopter had been about 10 meters (11 yards) off the ground when it suddenly dropped and crashed.

He says officials are investigating what might have caused the accident.

Saturday, 19 May, 2012 at 05:37 (05:37 AM) UTC RSOE

RIA Novosti: According to preliminary data, the helicopter lost its tail rotor before the crash.

The Mi-17 is an export version of the Mi-8 Hip helicopter. It features powerful turboshaft engines and can transport up to 35 people.

India: At least 25 feared dead as bus collides with truck

At least 25 pilgrims on Friday night are feared to have died as a bus collided with a stationary truck in Bahraich, Uttar Pradesh.

Around 60 passengers were on board and were travelling from Sultanpur to Ajmer Sharif.

Chief Development Officer of the district Sukhlal Bharti said 44 passengers of the 54-seater bus, that was carrying 60-70 people, were rescued.

Some pilgrims managed to get out of the bus, said the sources.

Over a dozen pilgrims were taken to hospital. Rescuers, using gas-cutters, were trying to cut open the twisted metal of the bus to pull out bodies or possible survivors from inside the vehicle.

PTI says, at least 20 pilgrims heading towards Ajmer were tonight feared to have charred to death as a bus carrying them collided with a truck and burst into flames at Kotwali Dehat police station of the district, police sources here said.

The bus carrying the pilgrims from Ambedkar Nagar to Ajmer Sharif met with the head-on collision with the truck on Gonda-Bahraich road near Chilwaria village and caught fire at around 2230 hours.

India: 2 killed, 82 (incl 42 school students) injured in overloaded passenger bus crash and other Kashmir Valley accidents

An overloaded passenger bus overturned in India’s northern state of Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday, killing at least two people and injuring dozens more, local authorities said on Thursday.

The accident occurred when the driver of the bus was taking a sharp turn near the village of Dadwompora in central Badgam district, not far from Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, when the bus flipped over and ended upside down.

Police officials told the Indo-Asian News Service (IANS) that 39 people were injured and rushed to local hospitals as a result of the Srinagar-bound bus accident.

Two of those injured later died at a hospital, the agency reported, while several others remain seriously injured.

Reports identified the casualties as Ahmed Najar, 22, and Muhammad Altaf, 28.

Friday, 18 May, 2012 at 05:31 (05:31 AM) UTC RSOE

Srinagar: Two persons died and eighty-two including 42 school students were injured in different road accidents across the Kashmir Valley, a police spokesman said

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Ten persons were injured, two of them critically, when a vehicle fell into a deep gorge in Doda district of Jammu and Kashmir this morning, police said

Meanwhile a bus carrying excursion of Haji Alam Din, School Damhal Hanji Pora, Kulgam collided with tractor at Bogund, Kulgam, resulting in injuries to 42 students and the Tractor driver. All the injured were shifted to District Hospital, Kulgam for treatment.

In another road accident a Tata Sumo overturned near Brakpora, Anantnag, resulting in injuries to two passengers . Both the injured were hospitalized.

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Vietnam: 34 killed, at least 25 injured, after bus plunges into Serepok river

A passenger bus plunged into a river in Vietnam’s Central Highlands at night killing 34 people and injuring at least 25 others, state-run newspapers reported on Friday.

People striving to save lives (Click on photo to go to in English)

The bus slammed into Serepok River on Thursday night while passing a bridge between Daklak and Dak Nong provinces, crushing many to death, the news website VNExpress ( quoted Daklak’s Deputy Chairman Dinh Van Khiet as saying.

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At approximately 2200 17/5, Ms. Dang Thi Phuong (Hoa Phu commune, Dak Lak province) and the whole house is preparing to go to bed when he heard a huge noise. She and many people rushed to the bus of 53 seats that are turned back under the bridge, river flush Serepok. The bus fell about 20m. Roof crushed handful, being splashed both front wheels.

“A baby about 6 years old, ejected from the bus was found crying. Other child hugging her tail stuck bus crying,” Ms. Nguyen Thi Thanh Thuy, a witness at the scene said.

Dozens of men jumped into the use crowbars, shovels … to lift up the rescue vehicle. Others ran to the nearby shop to get a chainsaw to cut tires create drag the victim to escape. “After a few minutes, have two children were taken to emergency pull. Boy broken arm, broken leg, his body limp,” she said Phuong.

Still many large rear passenger car calling for help. However, at this very hard to pull the victim out. People think that running the car to retrieve enable customers to push the tail car while waiting for rescuers. More than 10 people to be pulled out of the car. “Matted with blood everywhere. Many young people are given when broken, scoliosis,” she said Phuong.

After the bus was craned up from the river (Click on photo to go to in English)

Daklak is 350 km (220 miles) northeast of Ho Chi Minh City.

Traffic accidents killed more than 3,100 people nationwide in the first four months of 2012, down 30 percent from the same period last year, Vietnam News cited government data as showing.

Friday, 18 May, 2012 at 05:27 (05:27 AM) UTC RSOE

A news report on Youtube, quoted AP:

A bus crash in central Vietnam has killed 34 people and injured at least 20 others.

The bus plunged 60 ft off a bridge and crashed into the bank of the Serepok river, where it was found early on Friday morning.

It was travelling from Buon Ma Thuot in central highlands province of Dak Lak to the southern city of Ho Chi Minh.

Officials have said they are investigating the cause of the accident and identifying victims.

Y Bliu Arul, deputy director of the General Hospital in Dak Lak, told Associated Press that the two bus drivers were among the 32 people who died at the scene.

Of the 21 people injured, 16 are said to be in a serious condition.

Vietnam has one of the world’s worst rates of traffic accidents, with an average of 33 people dying on its roads every day

At least 33 injured as freight train hits commuter train in Sao Paulo, Brazil

At least 33 people were injured when a freight train hit a commuter train in Brazil’s business capital Sao Paulo on Wednesday (May 16), officials said.

The causes of the crash were still being investigated, but the transportation company blamed a system failure for the accident.

The crash took place in one of the city’s busiest metro lines which carries some one million passengers everyday.

Witnesses said the freight train was moving at low speed when it hit the passenger train that had stopped at a station.

An unidentified passenger said he saw people “flying” when the trains crashed.

Another passenger said many people panicked after the accident.The incident raises questions about Brazil’s overall risky transportation system as it prepares to host the World Cup in 2014 and the Olympic Games two years later.

Wednesday, 16 May, 2012 at 19:44 (07:44 PM) UTC RSOE

11,400 evacuated in China after chemical tankers’ collision

Over 10,000 residents had to be evacuated in China after two tankers carrying dangerous chemicals collided in Zhejiang province, Xinhua reported today (Wednesday).

The two vehicles, carrying 27 tonnes of vinyl chloride and 20 tonnes of resin respectively, collided and overturned in Hangzhou city Monday night, an official said.

Following the collision, residents living within a 500-metre radius of the crash site were evacuated, while those within one kilometre radius were advised to relocate, the official added.

Workers transferred nine tonnes of vinyl chloride from the tank into another tank to reduce its weight and to remove it before a total of 11,400 residents were allowed to return to their homes, said a government official –

3 killed (including a 5yr old), 9 seriously injured in Philippines railway crossing crash

Three people were killed and 9 others were seriously injured when a Manila-bound train rammed into a fully loaded van in a railway crossing in Candelaria, Quezon early morning Thursday, an official of Quezon rescuers group said.

Henry Buzar, coordinator of provincial disaster risk reduction and management council, identified the fatalities from the ill-fated van as Quesea Nicole Bolos, 5; Paula Oliquiano Carasig, 17; and Nancy Oliquiano, who were all declared dead on arrival at the hospital.

The rest of the van passengers who were all seriously injured were rushed to two hospitals in Candelaria, Buzar said.Supt. Arsenio Bantayan, Candelaria police chief, said that at around 4:30 a.m. a white-colored Toyota Innova (ZDH-485) traveling towards Lucena collided with a passing locomotive in a Philippine National Railways crossing at the Maharlika Highway in Barangay Masin.

Quoting witnesses at the accident site, Bantayan said the van was running fast and tried to cross the railway tracks ahead of the approaching train.

The train hit the van on its left side and dragged the mangled vehicle for more than 15 meters before coming to a halt. No passengers on the train were hurt.

The train passengers disembarked at the accident site as the train was ordered to return to Lucena station, police said.Bantayan said policemen, Army soldiers and village watchmen immediately cleared the accident site and return the flow of traffic to normal.

Thursday, 03 May, 2012 at 05:30 (05:30 AM) UTC RSOE

300m skyscraper ablaze in Moscow

Published: 02 April, 2012, 21:25

Federation Tower on fire



(RIA Novosti / Alexey Filippov)

People are being evacuated from the burning Federation Tower in Moscow, say RT correspondents who are currently on the spot. Alarmed by the fire’s extent, Russia’s emergencies ministry has sent a KA-226 helicopter to the scene.

Firemen say about 300 square meters are on fire; no injuries have been reported.Smoke can be seen from as far as ten kilometers away.

The top floors of the still incomplete Federation Tower are burning. The fire broke on the building’s 66th floor. Media report that thermal insulation and canvas were set on fire.

Although the building is still under construction, though some offices located in the first ten floors are already in use. There are also functioning offices in the 29th floor.

The building’s safety was insured, including building and assembly works, RIA Novosti reports. There have not yet been any estimations as to how much will the repairs cost.

The Federation Tower has been under construction for almost ten years now. Located in the west of Moscow, was planned as part of Moscow City business center. Once complete, it is set to become Europe’s tallest building.

The building will consist of two three-sided towers called “East” (243 meters high) and “West” (360 meters).

In April 2011, a construction watchdog ordered the suspension of work on the tower and revoked the contractor’s license, after a number of technical and fire safety violations were detected.

The contractor, Mirax Group owned by businessman Sergey Polonsky, claimed that the Moscow authorities are inventing a pretext to take over the company’s projects. Without a license, Mirax will not be able to obtain a bank loan and the construction process will be frozen. The problem was later solved.


RIA Novosti / Alexey Filippov
RIA Novosti / Alexey Filippov
RIA Novosti / Alexey Filippov
RIA Novosti / Alexey Filippov

Kenya: 12 killed, at least 30 seriously injured in bus accident




“Twelve people died on Sunday evening in a bus accident in Mazeras after the driver lost control.

The bus that was travelling from Mombasa to Kinango in Kwale County rolled several times killing 12 people on the spot and leaving dozens others seriously injured.

Among those who died are a senior Veterinary officer in the ministry of Livestock and the driver of the bus. The conductor, who was among those rushed to the Coast General Hospital, said the accident occurred at around 5.30 pm.“The bus breaks failed and the driver could not control it. That is the last thing I saw,” he told the Nation.

At Mariakani District hospital, the Nation team saw at least 30 injured passengers arrive before they were referred to Coast General Hospital. The driver of the bus is said to have been unfamiliar with the route as it was only the second time he had been on it.

At the Coast General Hospital, relatives rushed to check on the condition of their loved ones. Area MP Gonzi Rai was among those present as ambulances from the hospital, NHIF and the military ferried in bodies and injured survivors.” RSOE