12 people killed in Russia road accident

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Moscow, Dec 5 (IANS) Twelve people, including 11 children of an acrobatics team were killed and 20 others injured in a road accident in Russia, official said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed his condolence to the families of those killed. A day of mourning would be observed in the Khanty-Mansiysk district on Monday, Xinhua news reported.

A bus carrying 29 children aged between 12 and 14 and three adults collided with a truck on a highway linking two Siberian oil towns, Khanty-Mansiysk and Tumen.

The children who belong to an acrobatics team were returning from a competition in another city when the accident occurred, local emergencies service reported.

The cause of the accident was not known. Low visibility and bad weather conditions could have been a reason, it said.

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