Car Falls into River in Moscow

MOSCOW, March 31 (RIA Novosti) – A Citroen C4 car has fallen into the Yauza River in downtown Moscow, a Russian law enforcement spokesman said Sunday.

“The driver of a car riding along the Andronyevskaya Embankment lost control of his vehicle, which crashed through the parapet into the river,” the spokesman said.

He said rescuers saved the driver, a man, and the passenger, a woman, who were slightly injured. Traffic police confirmed to RIA Novosti that the accident took place.

Temperatures in the Russian capital are now near zero, and roads are slippery.

About 30,000 people die in traffic accidents in Russia annually. The accidents are attributed to a poor condition of roads and traffic violations, including drunk driving, running red lights and crossing into the oncoming lane.

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