23 Sep '11, 2pm

Russian woman dies after '12 hour customs wait'

MOSCOW (AFP) - An elderly Russian woman died of a heart attack after standing for 12 hours in a queue to cross the border from China, reports said on Friday. The 74-year-old resident of a Siberian town of Borzya was a tourist coming back from China through the busy checkpoint in the village of Zabaikalsk when she felt sick and collapsed after a long wait. 'The woman had 52kg of luggage instead of the 50kg (allowed), and when they began to inspect her, her heart couldn't take it,' an official at a tour agency Roza Vetrov told Interfax news agency. 'This is not a unique incident of people feeling sick,' he said. 'There are many tourists... Standing for 12 hours, and sometimes longer, is difficult.' The Zabaikalsk checkpoint is on a branch of Russia's Transsiberian railroad going to China's Manzhouli city, which caters to Russian tourists and shoppers after cheaper Chinese go...

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