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Putin orders criminal probe into Moscow subway accident that killed at least 20

Published on Jul 15, 2014 11:44 PM

MOSCOW, July 15 (Reuters) - At least 20 people were killed and more than 120 were injured when a Moscow underground train derailed during the morning rush hour in one of the worst accidents on the Russian capital's subway system in years.

President Vladimir Putin, who is away in Brazil, ordered a criminal investigation into the accident, which is likely to raise further questions over Russia's transport safety record. There was no suspicion of a militant attack - the cause of scores of deaths in Moscow's subway system in years past.

Three carriages derailed on a train travelling between two stations at 70 kmh at around 8.35am on the world's busiest subway system. "It braked very hard. The lights went off and there was lots of smoke," a man, his nose bloodied, told Rossiya-24 television. "We were trapped and only got out by some miracle. I thought it was the end. Many people were hurt, mostly in the first rail car because the cars ran into each other."

Rescue workers evacuated more than 1,000 people from the area of the accident, the Emergencies Ministry said. Injured passengers were carried on stretchers, bloodied and bandaged, out of both metro stations.

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