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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

5 Die in Fiery Crash on Garden Ring

Five people died after their car ran a red light and struck an oncoming car on the Garden Ring early Thursday.

Four of the five survived the crash but perished in an ensuing fire.

The cars, a Mercedes sedan and a Volkswagen SUV, collided at 1:57 a.m. on the Sadovaya-Spasskaya section of the ring road, near the Sukharevskaya metro station, traffic police said.

The driver of the Mercedes ignored a red light at an intersection and struck the Volkswagen, NTV television reported. Four people survived the impact but burned alive because they were trapped in the wreckage.

The driver of the Volkswagen was not injured.

Firefighters arrived at the scene 30 minutes later, police said. Both vehicles appeared to have exceeded the speed limit.

The victims' identities have not been released.