At least 21 people were killed and over 160 were hospitalized with partly serious injuries after an accident in Moscow’s subway (“Metro”) on Tuesday, said a spokesman for the local government. Among the victims are six foreigners. Wednesday was declared an official day of mourning for the victims of the Metro-tragedy.
Rescue work continues on early Tuesday afternoon, because there are still people inside one of the wagons. Helicopters from Russia’s emergency ministry and tens of ambulances are ready to take injured passengers to hospitals.
Earlier it was reported that one Metro train performed an emergency brake in a tunnel on the line Arbat-Pokrovskaja line due to voltage drop. As a result three cars derailed. One of the cars is seriously deformed and it was difficult to evacuate the passengers.
Over 200 people had to be evacuated from the train which standing in the tunnel between two stations.
Around nine million passengers travel every day with the Moscow Metro. Russia’s capital is with its 12 million inhabitants Europe’s largest city.
Source: Voice of Russia, RIA Novosti