Two people were killed and three injured after a car crashed into a minivan on a highway in the Veliky Novgorod Region in northwest Russia, a local police spokesman said on Saturday, RIA Novosti reported.
He said the car crashed into a Gazel minivan that was parked on the sideway of the highway killing immediately a woman and fatally injuring a 79-year-old man. Among the three injured, he added, is a three-year-old boy.
According to statistics, 30,000 people lose their lives in traffic accidents every year in Russia due to the poor state of highway networks and reckless driving.
The Russian government adopted a law last week completely banning alcohol for drivers to increase safety on the country's roads.