22 killed as passenger train smashes minivan

Twenty-two people were killed in the Krasnodar region of Russia when a passenger train slammed into a Gazel minivan. The accident took place at 8:34 a.m. Moscow time near one of the settlements in the Krasnodar region of Russia's south. The locomotive of the passenger train derailed as a result of the accident. The minivan belonged to the Concentrate factory and was transporting a group of workers.

A spokesman for the Russian EMERCOM department in the Krasnodar region said that the accident occurred when the driver of the minivan broke the traffic rules. “Reportedly, the driver did not let the train pass first on an unsupervised railway crossing,” an official said.

Rescuers and investigators are currently working on the site of the accident.