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A bus falls from a bridge in the Russian city of St. Petersburg, killing three and injuring six

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — A bus went off a bridge in St. Petersburg, Russia’s second-largest city, killing at least three people and injuring six others Friday, officials said.

The Emergency Situations Ministry said rescuers pulled nine people from the water, and three of them died. It said four others were in critical condition, and two more were in serious condition.

According to Russian news reports, 15 people were on the city bus when it broke through a barrier and plunged into the Moika River in central St. Petersburg. Six of the people on board climbed out of the water on their own.

Surveillance video released by Russian media showed the bus traveling quickly, making a sharp turn onto the bridge and colliding with another vehicle before breaking through the barrier and falling into the water.

Authorities in St. Petersburg said the bus’s owner had been fined 23 times for various violations. Private companies operate most of the city’s bus services.

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The bus driver was arrested by the police. His wife was quoted by Russian media as saying that managers forced him to work a morning shift after working 20 hours the previous day and getting virtually no rest.

Authorities have opened a criminal investigation into alleged traffic violations and unsafe travel services.

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