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Fourteen killed in traffic pile-up outside Moscow

Cars are blocked in a traffic jam in the center of Moscow, on February 29, 2012. Russian police say at least 14 people have been killed and 16 injured in a traffic accident outside Moscow involving a truck, a passenger bus and several other vehicles.

Cars are blocked in a traffic jam in the center of Moscow, on February 29, 2012. Russian police say at least 14 people have been killed and 16 injured in a traffic accident outside Moscow involving a truck, a passenger bus and several other vehicles.  (AFP/File)

Fourteen people were killed on Saturday and 16 injured in a traffic accident outside Moscow involving a truck, a passenger bus and several other vehicles, officials said.

Police said that according to initial information, the accident took place when the truck which was carrying a cargo of gravel turned onto a main road and ploughed into the bus.

The interior ministry said that the 14 killed included a young child. The emergencies ministry had earlier given an initial death toll of 12.

The bus -- which was taking passengers on a regular public transport route from Podolsk to Zhokhovo in the Moscow region -- was broken up into two parts by the force of the collision, the RIA Novosti news agency reported.

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