YEREVAN (ArmRadio)—A passenger bus en route from Moscow to Yerevan crashed at about 5:30 Yerevan time on Friday in North Ossetia, six kilometers away from the city of Beslan, reported the Armenian Ministry of Transport, Communication and Information Technologies (MTC).
According to preliminary data, five people have been killed, and 27 injured in the accident.
Police and ambulance were at the site of the accident. A group has been set up at the MTC to study the causes and details of the crash.
The 27 citizens injured in the crash involving a bus en route from Moscow to Yerevan and the bodies of the two victims (Arevik Lunonyan and Yuri Poghosyan) will be transported to Armenia on Friday, the MTC informs. The three other victims of the accident are citizens of the Russian Federation.
Armenia’s Deputy Minister of Transport, Communication, Information Technologies Aram Arsenyan and representatives of the Ministry of Healthcare visited the site of the accident this morning to coordinate the work on the ground.
The Ministry had already arranged the return of the passengers in a bus, but the Russian authorities have offered to transport them in a plane.
Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan received on October 14 Russian Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov. Karapetyan first referred to the bus accident from earlier that day.
Expressing his deep concern over the accident, Karapetyan said he had already instructed the heads of relevant bodies to assess the situation on the ground and take necessary measures. He expressed gratitude to the Russian party for rapid response and for the immediate assistance.
On behalf of the Russian Government, Sokolov expressed condolences to the families of the victims and presented the details of the situation and the ongoing work. He assured that the Russian party was doing the utmost to provide necessary medical and psychological assistance to those injured. He said the Deputy Transport Minister of Russia was at the site of the crash to reveal the circumstances of the accident.
The interlocutors then discussed the Armenian-Russian relations and the perspectives of their development. The parties attached importance to the expansion of cooperation and implementation of programs in the fields of agriculture, tourism, energy, IT, transport infrastructures. In this respect they emphasized the activity of the Armenian-Russian Inter-Governmental Commission on Economic Cooperation, which is expected to hold its next sitting in Yerevan in 2017.
Karapetyan and Sokolov discussed issues related to infrastructure programs of regional importance, which will contribute to the restoration and development of transit communication routes.
Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian and His Holiness Karekin II, Catholicos of All Armenians also offered their condolences to the families of the victims.