Almost fifty accidents occurred in Odesa region in a few hours of snowfall: details
As of 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, November 26, 48 road accidents were reported in Odesa region due to the bad weather. Fortunately, no one was killed or hospitalized. Most of the accidents occurred in the Bilyayivka and Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi directions involving trucks and buses.
This was reported by the Main Directorate of the National Police in Odesa region. Due to the blizzard and snowfall, traffic on the international highway M-15 Odesa-Reni is completely banned, and the movement of heavy vehicles on the national highway M-05 Kyiv-Odesa is restricted.
"As of 11 a.m., the police received 48 reports of road accidents," the National Police said in a statement.
A Sofia - Izmail bus slid into a ditch near the village of Orlivka in the Reni community. 19 passengers and two drivers were not injured. Police officers took them in their vehicles to a local school, where they are being provided with shelter and assistance, police said.
The Bucharest-Odesa bus got stuck on the side of the road near the village of Novosilske. It was carrying 42 passengers, including five children, and two drivers. Police officers and the State Emergency Service evacuated them to a local school.
The police added that weather conditions in Odesa region are deteriorating. Due to snow, sleet, ice, poor visibility, and strong wind gusts, traffic is hampered.
Law enforcement officers are working in all difficult areas and providing assistance, the police assured.
As reported by OBOZ.UA:
- On Sunday, the Odesa region was hit by bad weather. More than 130 settlements were left without electricity, and in Odesa, the wind felled trees.
- Forecasters warned that the cyclone would bring snowfall to Ukraine over the weekend. Wind, rain, and sleet were expected in a number of regions.
- A real winter has come to the Ukrainian Carpathians. On Mount Pip Ivan Chornohorsky, it got colder in the morning to -16, with a north wind blowing. Photos of winter on Mount Pikuy were posted online.