37 vehicles collide in Russian accident, 17 injured

June 25, 2013 at 8:49 AM
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SARATOV, Russia, June 25 (UPI) -- Thirty-seven vehicles collided in a chain-reaction traffic accident in the southern Russian city of Saratov, officials said.

The accident took place Monday and involved two trucks, two buses, two minivans and 31 cars, emergency services personnel said.

"Seventeen people were injured, nine of them were hospitalized, and four have already been discharged from hospital," an emergencies service spokesman told the RIA Novosti news agency.

It's likely the accident was caused by a brake failure in one of the trucks, officials indicated.

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