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2 Moscow subway workers detained in deadly crash

July 16, 2014
Associated Press

MOSCOW (AP) — Investigators detained two Moscow subway workers Wednesday in the wake of a deadly rush-hour derailment that killed 22 people and injured 136 others.

More than 1,100 people were evacuated Tuesday after a train derailed between two stations in western Moscow.

Eight people are still in critical condition and 40 others have grave injuries, Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said Wednesday in comments carried by Russian news agencies.

Russia's major investigative agency said in a statement Wednesday that it had detained a senior Moscow track foreman and his assistant.

Investigators said a new rail switch at the point where the train left the tracks was not properly installed during repairs in May and was attached to the rail only by a single 3-millimeter wire. There is another subway line under construction nearby and the switch was to direct to the trains to a new tunnel once the line is launched.

The two men have been questioned, and the investigators are preparing to file unspecified charges against them, investigating committee spokesman Vladimir Markin said.

The Russian capital's airports and transit systems have been a prime target for terrorists over the past two decades, but multiple officials vigorously dismissed terrorism as a possible cause for Tuesday's derailment.

In recent months, subway workers have complained of declining safety standards in the system and disorganized measures for aiding stricken passengers.

 
 

 

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