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All victims of bloody subway accident taken out, says Moscow management - UPDATE - PHOTOS - VIDEO

16 July 2014 [10:00] - TODAY.AZ
Rescuers have taken all those killed and injured in deadly accident in the Moscow metro out of damaged subway cars, Deputy Mayor Pyotr Biryukov said Tuesday.

"All those injured have been unblocked," Biryukov said during a phone conference in the Emergency Situations Ministry (EMERCOM).

Some 21 people were killed in the tragic accident that took place at 8:39 a.m. Moscow time (4:39 UTC) on Tuesday on the stretch of the west-bound "blue" line of the tremendous Russian capital's metro network between the Park Podedy and Slavyansky Bulvar stations.

The rapidly moving train crashed entrapping all of its passengers in the underground tunnel after three of its cars derailed due to reasons that investigators have yet to establish.

According to Biryukov, 128 people injured in the accident are in Moscow hospitals and 20 people died.

"Those injured have all necessary medications in hospitals. Decisions to render financial aid to the families of those killed and injured have been made," he said.

Rescuer have finished emergency works between the Park Pobedy (the Park of Victory) and Slvyansky Bulvar (the Slavic Boulevard) stations in the Moscow metro, Russian Emergencies Ministry Vladimir Puchkov said.

"The first stage of the rescue operation is over. Two hundred people were evacuated from the platforms in difficult conditions. There were a total of 1,200 people," the minister said at a telephonic conference of the government commission late on Tuesday.

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15.07.2014
17:00

15 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 reported.

"One hundred and twenty people have sought medical help, 106 were taken to hospital. About a half of them are seriously injured," Golukhov told ITAR-TASS.

Media reports have emerged of 16 people being dead. Those have not yet been officially confirmed.

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.

The first carriage of the train sustained most of the damage, according to an eyewitness of the accident who spoke to RT. Ivan, said he was in the second car when the train suddenly braked and the lights went off.

"I was tossed up in the air," the young man says. "There was blood on the floor, heads bruised, arms broken. Panic broke out."

Ivan also says after the train derailed there was a flash and then the tunnel was filled with thick smoke.

"The car was badly damaged. We started to get out. We saw a door in the tunnel's wall. Men eventually broke that door and we saw workers, constructing a parallel tunnel. They helped us to get out."

An eyewitness, who spoke to LifeNews, was in the fifth carriage and says they had to wait for 30 minutes before the evacuation started.

"So as we got out, we proceeded to march on foot, probably for two or three minutes - along the tunnel with cables underneath. The train driver had told us right away to stick to the right side, so we did. No sooner had we got to the surface than we realized it was a full-blown emergency."

Andrey Zenin, another survivor in the accident, says he helped extinguish the fire in one of the carriages and he also was among the volunteers who helped to get the injured out of the tunnel.

"There was a man next to me and his head had been smashed by the handrail and he was unconscious," Zenin told RT. "Some people had broken ribs and one person's arm was injured. All in all, people were hysterical."

Law enforcement officials told that three train cars had derailed, "but not overturned."

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.

Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin has promised to take tough measures against those responsible for the accident after visiting the crash site.

"I'm sure a criminal case should be launched into the accident, an investigation conducted and the toughest measures taken," Sobyanin told journalists, after he visited a hospital where the injured had been taken.

Some passengers could still be at the site of the accident, according to Maksim Liskutov, Moscow's deputy mayor.

Attempts are being made to try and evacuate the stricken passengers, who are stuck in a tunnel between Park Pobedy and Slavyansky Bulvar stations, in the west of Moscow.

News of the derailment was preceded by reports of smoke detected on the dark blue line of the Moscow Metro. Later, Moscow's emergencies agency denied reports of smoke and said a sudden failure in the electricity supply to a conductor rail could have caused the accident.

A failure in the power supply led to a false alarm going off. The alarm was a signal to the train driver to immediately stop the train. The sudden braking led to the derailment of several carriages.

Press service says the train derailed because it had to brake too suddenly.

"At 8:39am Moscow time [04:39 GMT] on a stretch between stations of Park Pobedy [Victory Park] and Slavyansky Bulvar there was abrupt deceleration of a train," Moscow emergencies agency 's press service employee told RT.

Sixty-six buses, 40 ambulances and eight helicopters have been deployed by rescuers for evacuations. Fifty people have already reportedly been evacuated from Slavyansky Bulvar and 200 from Park Pobedy.

The Investigative Committee (IC) has launched a criminal case over 'violation of transportation security demands', according to interim head of the Moscow's Western District Department of the IC, Roman Syomushkin.

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15:00

10 people have been killed and 120 injured as several subway cars derailed on the Moscow Metro on the Arbatsko-Pokrovskaya dark blue Metro line on Tuesday morning, RT reported.

"The number of the dead is 10," said Pyotr Biryukov, deputy mayor of Moscow, as cited by ITAR-TASS.

"One hundred and twenty people have sought medical help, 106 were taken to hospital. About a half of them are seriously injured," Golukhov told ITAR-TASS.

The first carriage of the train sustained most of the damage, according to an eyewitness of the accident who spoke to RT. Ivan, said he was in the second car when the train suddenly braked and the lights went off.

"I was tossed up in the air," the young man says. "There was blood on the floor, heads bruised, arms broken. Panic broke out."

Ivan also says after the train derailed there was a flash and then the tunnel was filled with thick smoke.

"The car was badly damaged. We started to get out. We saw a door in the tunnel's wall. Men eventually broke that door and we saw workers, constructing a parallel tunnel. They helped us to get out."

Another eyewitness, who spoke to LifeNews, was in the fifth carriage and says they had to wait for 30 minutes before the evacuation started.

"So as we got out, we proceeded to march on foot, probably for two or three minutes - along the tunnel with cables underneath. The train driver had told us right away to stick to the right side, so we did. No sooner had we got to the surface than we realized it was a full-blown emergency."

Law enforcement officials told that three train cars had derailed, "but not overturned."

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.

About seven people reportedly remain trapped in one of the train carriages.

Attempts are being made to try and evacuate the stricken passengers, who are stuck in a tunnel between Park Pobedy and Slavyansky Bulvar stations, in the west of Moscow.

There are some seriously injured people, according to preliminary reports. Doctors and rescue workers have deployed stretchers down the tunnel for their evacuation.

News of the derailment was preceded by reports of smoke detected on the dark blue line of the Moscow Metro. Later, Moscow's emergencies agency denied reports of smoke and said a sudden failure in the electricity supply to a conductor rail could have caused the accident.

Moscow's emergencies agency press service says the train derailed because it had to brake too suddenly.

"At 8:39am Moscow time [04:39 GMT] on a stretch between stations of Park Pobedy [Victory Park] and Slavyansky Bulvar there was abrupt deceleration of a train," a press service employee told RT.

Sixty-six buses, forty ambulances and eight helicopters have been deployed by rescuers for evacuations. Fifty people have already reportedly been evacuated from Slavyansky Bulvar and 200 from Park Pobedy.

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