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Russia to look into cause of Moscow subway accident as 12 killed, 120 hurt so far

Published on Jul 15, 2014 6:06 PM
 
Members of the emergency services move an injured passenger outside a metro station following an accident on the subway in Moscow on July 15, 2014. Twelve people were killed on Tuesday and up to 120 injured when a Moscow underground train derailed between two stations during the morning rush hour, the Emergencies Ministry said. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Twelve people were killed on Tuesday and up to 120 injured when a Moscow underground train derailed between two stations during the morning rush hour, the Emergencies Ministry said.

Russia's investigative committee said it was looking into the causes of the accident. There seemed to be no suggestion of foul play.

Injured passengers were carried on stretchers, bloodied and bandaged, out of metro stations and helicopters ferried the most seriously hurt to hospital. Passengers looked stunned or were crying after being helped to the surface by emergency services. "So far 12 people are dead," an Emergency Ministry official told reporters at the scene.

Investigators said a power surge caused the train to stall and several cars to come off the rails between the Slaviansky Boulevard and Park Pobedy stations. "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."

 
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