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April 20, 2021

21 killed, over 160 injured as Moscow Metro carriages derail in rush hour

21 people have been killed and over 160 injured as several subway cars derailed on the Moscow Metro on the Arbatsko-Pokrovskaya dark blue Metro line on Tuesday morning, rt.com informs.“Currently seven dead bodies have been passed to the investigators and are now in the entrance hall,” said Aleksandr Gavrilov, deputy head of Moscow’s Emergencies Service (Emercom). “Those are four men and three women. There are six bodies remaining in the first carriage, and six more in the second one.” The driver of the derailed train, who was earlier reported dead, is actually alive and being treated in hospital, Moscow authorities say, according to RIA Novosti.
The accident happened during the morning rush hour when the train was packed with passengers.
Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has expressed condolences to the families of the dead and promised that the federal government will help in the post-accident clean-up. Moscow authorities do not consider the cause the accident in the Metro could have been a terrorist act, according to Maksim Liskutov, the head of the transport department in the Moscow government, cited by Dozhd TV channel.

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