7 Killed in Taxi Crash With Semi

Seven people were killed and three others seriously injured when a semi-trailer truck driven by a Slovak citizen collided with a logging truck and a minibus taxi outside Moscow, emergency officials said Friday.

The Volvo semi collided with the Kamaz logging truck shortly before midnight on Thursday, about 40 kilometers southeast of Moscow on Minskoye Shosse, near the Moscow region city of Odintsovo, the Emergency Situations Ministry said in a statement.

The Volvo then careened into a nearby minibus taxi, killing six of the eleven passengers onboard, as well as the driver, the ministry said. Three people were hospitalized with serious injuries, while two others received medical treatment at the scene, it said.

A ministry spokesman said he could not confirm a report by Interfax that all of the victims killed in the crash were citizens of Uzbekistan. The bodies were being held Friday at the city morgue in Odintsovo, the spokesman said.

Officials at the Uzbek Embassy could not be reached for comment.

Moscow region police have detained the Slovak driver -- 40-year-old Miroslav Kolis -- and were determining whether to open a criminal investigation, a police official in the Moscow region's Odintsovo district told RIA-Novosti.

A spokeswoman for the Slovakian Embassy in Moscow said she could not comment on the accident.