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Russia bus collision kills at least 16 people, injures more than 50 in far east region

  • In this handout photo provided by the Far Eastern Branch of the Emergency Situations Ministry, employees fix a rope to a bus, one of the two that collided on a highway linking Khabarovsk, which sits on the border with China, and Komsomolsk-on-Amur, Russia, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015. Russian health officials say two buses have collided in the far east of the country, killing at least 16 people and injuring more than 50 others. The agency has opened a probe into the alleged violation of traffic rules.  (Far Eastern Branch of Emergency Situations Ministry Press Service via AP)

    In this handout photo provided by the Far Eastern Branch of the Emergency Situations Ministry, employees fix a rope to a bus, one of the two that collided on a highway linking Khabarovsk, which sits on the border with China, and Komsomolsk-on-Amur, Russia, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015. Russian health officials say two buses have collided in the far east of the country, killing at least 16 people and injuring more than 50 others. The agency has opened a probe into the alleged violation of traffic rules. (Far Eastern Branch of Emergency Situations Ministry Press Service via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this handout photo provided by the Far Eastern Branch of the Emergency Situations Ministry, a truck pulls a bus, one of the two that collided on a highway linking Khabarovsk, which sits on the border with China, and Komsomolsk-on-Amur, Russia, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015. Russian health officials say two buses have collided in the far east of the country, killing at least 16 people and injuring more than 50 others. The agency has opened a probe into the alleged violation of traffic rules.  (Far Eastern Branch of Emergency Situations Ministry Press Service via AP)

    In this handout photo provided by the Far Eastern Branch of the Emergency Situations Ministry, a truck pulls a bus, one of the two that collided on a highway linking Khabarovsk, which sits on the border with China, and Komsomolsk-on-Amur, Russia, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015. Russian health officials say two buses have collided in the far east of the country, killing at least 16 people and injuring more than 50 others. The agency has opened a probe into the alleged violation of traffic rules. (Far Eastern Branch of Emergency Situations Ministry Press Service via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Russian health officials say two buses have collided in the far east of the country, killing at least 16 people and injuring more than 50 others.

The Investigative Committee, the nation's top investigative agency, said Wednesday's collision occurred on a highway linking Khabarovsk, which sits on the border with China, and Komsomolsk-on-Amur. The agency has opened a probe into the alleged violation of traffic rules.

Prosecutors said the driver of one of the buses drove into an incoming lane to bypass construction vehicles repairing the road and lost control of the vehicle.

Russia's Health Ministry said 56 people were injured. Ambulances and helicopters have rushed to the site to evacuate the wounded, more than 20 of which were in grave condition.