Six children were among 10 people killed when their vehicle overturned while crossing a remote Siberian river, officials said on Friday according to AFP.
The head of the region said it is most likely that members of two families drowned in the accident in the Siberian region of Tuva which borders Mongolia.
"Ten people died as they attempted to cross the Shui river in their UAZ-469," Sholban Kara-ool said in a post on Facebook, referring to an off-road light utility vehicle that seats up to seven people.
In a separate statement, investigators said locals found ten bodies in a vehicle that appeared to have turned over in the water.
Russia’s Investigative Committee said it had opened a criminal investigation into a possible violation of traffic safety rules.
Road accidents are common in Russia, where traffic rules can be difficult to enforce.