North Ossetian Health Minister Aleksandr Reutov said that republican Prime Minister Aleksandr Merkulov was in a serious condition, but that his life was not in danger.
Russian media reported that Merkulov was injured when his car crashed into a tree on a highway in neighboring Kabardino-Balkariya. At least one person -- according to the reports Merkulov's bodyguard -- died in the crash.
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