Ukraine: 43 killed as train hits stalled bus

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The Independent Online

At least 43 people were killed when their bus was hit by a train at a level crossing yesterday. Another eight people were hurt in the crash near the town of Marhanets, in the Dnipropetrovsk region.

The bus stalled as its driver tried to cross the rail line while ignoring a siren that indicated an oncoming locomotive. The vehicle was pushed 300 metres down the tracks.

The Prime Minister, Mykola Azarov, ordered payments of £8,000 to victims' families and demanded automated gates be installed at all rail crossings.

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