Chinese tourists injured in bus accident in Moscow

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Photo taken on Aug. 18, 2019 shows the site of a bus accident in Moscow, Russia. The bus carrying Chinese tourists crashed into a traffic signal pole in east Moscow on Sunday. (Xinhua/Bai Xueqi)

A bus carrying a group of 30 Chinese tourists, a tour guide and an organizer, crashed into a utility pole in east Moscow on Sunday, injuring 11 people, Russian police told Chinese consular officials.

Surveillance camera footage showed that the accident happened when the bus turned right abruptly to avoid rear-ending cars waiting for the traffic light at an intersection and then bumped against the utility pole, smashing the windscreen.

The injured have been taken to the hospital for medical check-ups. One suffered a nasal fracture and one received a cerebral concussion, while the rest got bruises, according to the Chinese consular service.

The injured did not fasten their seat belts when the accident took place, which was partially caused by the slippery road in the drizzle, it said.

The bus was bound for the ancient town of Suzdal in the Vladimir Region northeast of Moscow. The group of tourists arrived in Moscow on Saturday and planned to fly back to China from St. Petersburg on Aug. 23.

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