Three Russians died in a carpooling Nissan which crashes into a scythe

Three people are killed when their car crashes into a giant scythe attached to the back of tractor ‘at 125mph’ in Russia

  • Eva Melnikova, 20, another unnamed passenger and the driver, 25, were killed 
  • The carpooling car, Nissan X-Trail, was travelling at almost double the speed limit
  • A video shows the tractor lying on its side after the accident on the highway

Two carpooling passengers and their driver were killed when their speeding 125 mph Nissan X-Trail collided head-on with the scythe attached to the back of a tractor on Thursday in Russia. 

Student Eva Melnikova, 20, an unnamed passenger and the driver, 25, were killed. 

A video posted on YouTube shows the tractor is lying on its side after the accident on the road. 

The Nissan is right next to the tractor with its tailgate open. 

Few people are around the two vehicles.   

Melnikova and another passenger were in a BlaBlaCar – a French online marketplace for carpooling – between Kazan and Naberezhnye Chelny in southwest Russia.

Two carpooling passengers and their driver were killed when their speeding 125 mph Nissan X-Trail collided head-on with the scythe attached to the back of a tractor on Thursday in Russia

The Nissan was reported to be travelling at almost double the speed limit on the highway. It rammed into the mechanised scythe on the back of a slow-moving farm tractor


Student Eva Melnikova, 20 (pictured), an unnamed passenger and the driver, 25, died at the scene

Melnikova was reported died in an ambulance. 

The Nissan was reported to be travelling at almost double the speed limit on the highway.  

It rammed into the mechanised scythe on the back of a slow-moving farm tractor.   

According to research company Statista, there were about 145,000 road accidents in Russia in 2020. The road traffic death rate fell by 5% in 2020, Russian news agency TASS reports

Melnikova (pictured) and another passenger were in a BlaBlaCar – a French online marketplace for carpooling – between Kazan and Naberezhnye Chelny in southwest Russia

Alina Derbusheva, a friend of Melnikova, rushed to the crash scene.  

Derbusheva said she was told that the carpool driver had been moving at 125 mph.

‘It has been confirmed that this driver was going at 200 kilometres per hour, and there was no braking distance,’ she said.

Eva Melnikova (on the left) with her friend Alina Derbusheva (on the right)

Derbusheva (on the left) said she was told that the carpool driver had been moving at 125 mph. ‘Eva (on the right) was in a BlaBlaCar. My friend was 20. Just a single moment takes away your loved ones.’ ‘She is in my heart,’ said Derbusheva

‘It is not clear what he was expecting to happen.’

She said: ‘Eva was in a BlaBlaCar. My friend was 20.’

‘Just a single moment takes away your loved ones.’

She said the dead student is ‘in my heart’.

‘I don’t know why it happened that we didn’t meet tonight, as we had planned.

‘You are a part of my soul.

‘You are my best friend,’ the devastating friend said.

According to research company Statista, there were about 145,000 road accidents in Russia in 2020.

The road traffic death rate fell by 5% in 2020, Russian news agency TASS reports.  

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