THIS is the deadly moment a train ploughs into a packed bus stranded in a traffic jam across a level crossing.
Cameras captured the horror collision in Kazakhstan – which left the coach driver dead and more injured.
The moment the train ploughs into the stranded bus killing its driver[/caption]
Nine people were also injured in the horror collision in Kazakhstan[/caption]
Reports claim the dead man’s wife was working as the conductor on the bus and watched him die at the wheel.
The train driver is heard frantically sounding his siren but despite slamming on the brakes could not stop in time.
Nine were injured on the bus – including a mother and her two young daughters – while 57 escaped with seconds to spare.
The long distance bus and a number of cars had earlier ignored a warning light and drove onto the tracks, say reports.
The bus then became stuck on the crossing and the driver ordered passengers to flee through the back door.
Most did, but one witness said: “Others did not realise the danger and were slow to leave.”
Videos show how the bus was dragged down the track after being hit at around 30mph.
A woman is heard moaning in agony by the track in the mayhem after the collision.
One account said: “The bus got blocked right on the railway crossing. The driver panicked and failed to open the front door.
“He opened the back door and ordered people to leave. But failed to jump out himself.”
A criminal investigation has been launched into the the deadly crash[/caption]
Dozens of bus passengers jumped to safety with seconds to spare[/caption]
A man said: “I managed to grab one boy and took him out. I ran away from the bus and saw the train hitting it. The driver was killed.”
Another witness said the driver’s wife worked as the conductor on the bus.
“She escaped but saw her husband killed when the train hit the vehicle.”
The couple had four children.
Government official Ruslan Imankulov said the crash happened at 7.20pm on Sunday.
“Despite the warning signals, the driver of the bus drove over the railway crossing. As a result, the bus was hit,” he said.
A witness said it was “usual” for vehicles to drive onto the crossing after the red signals started as there was always a long gap between the warnings and the train’s arrival.
But this time a traffic jam formed on the crossing and the bus was “stuck”.
“People did not rush to get out until the very last moment,” said one passenger.
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The bus was close to the end of a 1,400 mile journey from Ekaterinburg in Russia to Almaty, the largest city in Kazakhstan.
The train was en-route from Almaty to Kostanay. No casualties were reported among its passengers.
A criminal investigation has now been launched into the the deadly crash.
The coach was stuck in a traffic jam when it was hit on the crossing[/caption]
The coach was dragged along the rail tracks after the collision[/caption]
The moment the barrier come down warning of the train’s imminent arrival[/caption]
A passenger walks among the wreckage of the bus[/caption]