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Drunken driver kills 7 at bus stop in Moscow

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Sep. 24, 2012 08:59
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Victims of a road incident lie under emergency blankets on a street in a sparsely populated part of western Moscow, near its main film studio, on September 22, 2012. A drunken man racing at 200 kilometres (125 miles) per hour through Moscow traffic killed seven children after slamming into a bus stop and dragging it a part of the way down the block.
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MOSCOW — Five teenage Russian orphans, their teacher and her husband were all killed when a speeding car driven by a drunken driver crashed into a Moscow bus stop, the Interfax news agency reported Sunday, citing city officials.

Police said the car was traveling more than 200 kph (120 mph) when the heavily intoxicated driver lost control and slammed into the bus stop Saturday, killing seven people and injuring three.

The 30-year-old driver, Alexander Maximov, had been arrested for drunken driving in 2010 and told police that prior to Saturday's accident he had been drinking for two days, Interfax said. The driver also had received two speeding tickets this year.

The orphans were returning from an awards ceremony for a city arts and crafts competition held in a park in western Moscow.

Moscow police reported Sunday morning that they had detained more than 130 drunken drivers over the past 24 hours, perhaps eager to show they were taking the problem seriously.

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