The bus got in an accident in Mari El Republic, has increased the number of seats

© Photo courtesy of the office of public relations and information of Head of the Republic of Mariy Alttp in Mari El. Archive photo<img src="/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2017/11/872419d469ab15ec634461c81a83dcd1.jpg" alt="The bus got in an accident in Mari El Republic, has increased the number of seats” />© photo courtesy of the office of public relations and the Head of the Mari El Republic

The minibus caught in a traffic accident in Mari El Republic, in which 15 people were killed, has increased the number of seats, said the head of the Federal service for supervision in the sphere of transport of the Russian Federation Viktor Basargin.

The collision of a van and truck with trailer occurred on Thursday at about 17: 30 GMT for approximately 64 km of the highway «Yoshkar-Ola – Kozmodemyansk». According to the interior Ministry in the Mari El Republic, in result of road accident 15 persons were killed: the driver and the passengers of the bus. Among them is a child. Four other passengers were taken to hospitals in Yoshkar-Ola. In the Mari El Republic on November 17 declared a day of mourning for those killed in the accident.

«There is another feature that has led to such consequences, (it) stems from the fact that the vehicle was made some design changes, increased the number of seats… We can see that during the tragedy gathered all the seats… those who remained in place, helped to save several lives,» — said Basargin reporters in Yoshkar-Ola.

Thus, according to him, «is certification of the vehicle, it put on record quite legally». «There is no fault of the traffic police, everything is done in accordance with the legislation», — he added.

«We will continue to look… Needs to receive the joint and several liability if there is a certification authority, which said it fits the parameters of safe operation of the vehicle,» — said Basargin.

He also said that the Prosecutor’s office gave permission for unscheduled inspections of the carrier. The Minister did not specify the name of the company involved in passenger transportation, but said that the carrier 17 vehicles. The wrecked van was leased, its owner is the driver who was killed in the accident.

As noted on the website of the Federal Agency for transport supervision, «the Prosecutor’s office gave permission for unscheduled inspections of the owner, the Manager and the owner of the company.» «Also, we are going to look all that concerns the actions of the bus station» – quoted Basargin.

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