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Ukrainian bus driver indicted over deadly crash

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July 13, 2012, 12:26 p.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine

The driver of a Scania bus that was carrying Russian pilgrims and got into a road accident near Chernihiv, has been indicted, the Ukrainian Interior Ministry told Interfax-Ukraine on Friday, July 13.
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The driver of a Scania bus that was carrying Russian pilgrims and got into a road accident near Chernihiv, has been indicted, the Ukrainian Interior Ministry told Interfax-Ukraine on Friday, July 13.

"The driver has been charged under Article 286, Part 3 of the Penal Code (violation of traffic safety and driving rules by a person driving a transport vehicle, resulting in several deaths)," the spokesperson said.

On July 7, a bus carrying pilgrims from Velikiye Luki and heading to the Pochayiv Monastery in Ukraine overturned on a motorway between Kyiv and Chernihiv. Fifteen people were killed, another 28 sustained various injuries. Two victims are in intensive care in Chernihiv.

The main theory probed by investigators is the tiredness of the driver who fell asleep while driving.

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