الجمعة , يونيو 12 2020

'Twelve dead' in Moscow metro crash



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Passenger video shows the inside of the metro system after the derailment – Oleg Boldyrev reports from Moscow

The death toll in Tuesday’s derailment on the Moscow metro has risen to 12, the Russian emergency ministry says.

Scores were injured, some seriously, when a packed commuter train braked abruptly between stations in the west of the city in the morning rush hour.

Some of those hurt were carried out of the tunnel on stretchers, with the most serious cases airlifted to hospital.

The cause of the crash – one of the worst incidents ever on the metro – is reported to be a power surge.

Scores of people were treated at the scene for their injuries

Some of the injured passengers were carried out of the tunnel on stretchers

The most seriously injured people were airlifted to hospital

The train derailed between Slaviansky Boulevard and Park Pobedy (Victory Park) stations in the west on the city.

Some 50 people were in a serious condition, the Itar-Tass news agency reported, quoting a health official.

“The train slowed down abruptly, the lights went off, and then there was a spark of fire and smoke. We were blocked in,” one passenger told Russian TV.

Another, quoted by Reuters news agency, said: “We were trapped and only got out by some miracle. I thought it was the end. Many people were hurt, mostly in the front carriage because the cars ran into each other.”

The packed commuter train was travelling from the north-west of Moscow to the city centre at the time of the crash.

At least 200 passengers were evacuated, officials said. Dozens of wounded people were treated at the scene.

Three hours after the crash, some passengers were still reported to be underground.

The BBC’s Artyom Liss, in Moscow, says the tunnel where crash happened was built about 10 years ago.

Critics accuse the authorities of spending too much on extending the metro system, and not enough on maintenance, our correspondent says.

The Associated Press news agency says Park Pobedy is the deepest metro station in Moscow, 84m (275ft) deep, which is making the rescue particularly hard.

No foreigners were among the injured, the Interfax news agency said.

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