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Moscow mayor sacks metro chief over crash

Published on Jul 22, 2014 5:25 PM
 
Moscow mayor Sergei Sobyanin lays flowers at the entrance to Park Pobedy metro station on July 16, 2014, the day after the devastating train crash in Moscow. Mr Sobyanin on July 22 announced he had fired the head of the capital's metro over the crash, which killed 22 people and injured more than 200. -- PHOTO: AFP

MOSCOW (AFP) - The mayor of Moscow on Tuesday announced he had fired the head of the capital's metro over a devastating crash that killed 22 people and injured more than 200.

"What happened on the Arbatsko-Pokrovskaya line, this tragedy, has cancelled out the huge amount of work that was carried out in the metro in recent years," Mayor Sergei Sobyanin told a meeting. "The head of the metro, Ivan Sergeyevich Besedin is being relieved of his position," Mr Sobyanin was quoted as saying by the Interfax news agency.

Three carriages went off the rails between stations deep in a tunnel on July 15 in an accident that investigators suggest was due to a failure in a section of track that allows trains to change lines.

The accident shocked Russians and came as a major blow for the metro, which prides itself on reliability and safety even though its ornate Stalin-era stations struggle to contain nine million passengers at peak periods.

 
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