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13 people killed, 7 injured in car crash outside Chernihiv

December 7, 2021 8:51 pmby Daria Shulzhenko
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A cargo truck hit a minibus with passengers inside near Brusyliv village in Chernihiv Oblast on Dec. 7, killing 13 people and injuring seven more. (National Police of Chernihiv Oblast/Facebook)

Thirteen people were killed and seven more were severely injured when a cargo truck slammed into a passenger minibus outside Chernihiv, a regional capital in northern Ukraine.  

The crash happened on the Н-27 highway near Brusyliv village in Chernihiv Oblast at around 8 a.m. on Dec. 7. The force of the impact practically reduced the minibus to scrap metal.  

The minibus driver was killed in the crash. The truck driver's condition is unknown.

Police have opened a criminal investigation into a possible violation of road safety rules that led to the fatal collision.

Serhii Vasylyna, head of the regional prosecutor's office of Chernihiv Oblast, wrote on Facebook that bad weather could have been one of the causes of the crash. Vasylyna also questioned the condition of the road and the quality of maintenance services performed on it, as well as the technical condition of the minibus. 

In response to the accident, Interior Minister Denis Monastyrsky promised that draft laws to improve road safety will be submitted to parliament this month. 

Daria Shulzhenko
Author: Daria Shulzhenko

Daria Shulzhenko is a culture writer at the Kyiv Independent. She has been a lifestyle reporter at the Kyiv Post until November 2021. She graduated from Kyiv International University with a bachelor’s in linguistics, specializing in translation from English and German languages. She has previously worked as a freelance writer and researcher.

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