Russia: explosion of a passenger bus in Voronezh (to be added)

Yesterday evening, August 12, a PAZ shuttle bus exploded near the Chizhov Gallery shopping center on Koltsovskaya Street in Voronezh, Russia. 17 people were injured, two were killed, TASS reports.

A source in the transport supervision services reports that the cause of the explosion could be a malfunction of the gas equipment:

“According to preliminary data, one of the cylinders installed on the roof turned out to be faulty in the bus. There was a leak and an explosion. The equipment was installed in an artisanal way. Gas cylinders were installed on the roof.

However, later, representatives of the company owning the minibus and the bus driver stated that the vehicle’s engine runs on diesel fuel, and not on liquefied petrol.

As a result of the incident, a criminal case was initiated under the article on the performance of work or the provision of services that do not meet safety requirements. The Voronezh City Hall informs about the examination of the vehicle, all versions of the incident are being worked out, Interfax reports.

At present, the RIA Novosti correspondent reports, investigative actions at the scene of the explosion in the bus have been completed. At about 1.40 am, forensic investigators left the scene, and utilities began to clean up the area. The damaged bus remains on the road.

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