A subway train derailed during morning rush hour in Moscow on Tuesday, mangling crowded rail cars and killing at least 21 people, Associated Press reported.
It was unclear what caused the train to derail. Lines of inquiry included a fault in one of the cars or the sinking of the roadbed, Vladimir Markin, a spokesman for Russia’s top investigative body, was quoted as saying.
Of those injured, 136 people were hospitalized. At least 42 were in grave condition, officials said. There was one Chinese citizen among those killed, according to Russian news agencies.
Over 1,100 people were evacuated from the train, which was stuck between two stations, in a rescue operation that ended more than 12 hours after the accident.
Moscow’s airports and transit systems have been a prime target for terrorists over the past two decades, but officials vigorously dismissed terrorism as a possible cause for Tuesday’s incident, the report said.
President Vladimir Putin, who is traveling in Brazil, demanded a detailed investigation into the accident and asked the country’s top investigators to open a criminal case.
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