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September 24, 2021

2 Metro workers held: Switch attached with wire blamed for fatal Moscow crash

The derailment in the Moscow Metro which claimed more than 20 lives on Tuesday was likely caused by a faulty railway switch, investigators say. The death toll of the tragedy has now reached 23, rt.com informs.
Two people have been detained on suspicion of criminal negligence, resulting in one of the worst incidents in Moscow’s public transit system.
The switch was added to the railway in May, when construction works commenced on a new branch of the Metro.
But instead of properly fixing the crucial element, workers attached it with ordinary wiring, which could not withstand the normal stress, spokesman for the Investigative Committee Vladimir Markin told journalists on Wednesday.
“So far we have the persons who did the job as suspects so far. But the Committee is determined to identify and prosecute everyone related to the tragedy, including contractors and officials, who were supposed to control the compliance of the works to the safety rules of the Moscow Metro,” he said.
The two suspects have been identified as Valery Vashkatov, a road worker, and his assistant Yury Gorodov.
The investigators are yet to decide on whether they would seek the continued detention of the pair or keep them on parole.
The death toll from the Tuesday morning rush hour derailment of a Moscow Metro train climbed to 23 on Wednesday, when one of the victims died in hospital. Of the 129 people taken to hospital in the wake of the incident, 46 remain in a serious.

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