At least sixteen people were killed and over a hundred were injured as a result of an accident at rush hour on Tuesday morning on the subway in the Russian capital. Many of the injured were in critical condition at the clinics where they were receiving medical treatment.

The accident occurred when three cars derailed a train running between the stations “Povedi Park” and “Slavonic bulvar”. The reason for the derailment was a drop in voltage resulting in wrong signals to the convoy, which reacted with an unexpected slowdown, according to a first version given by the official news agency Itar -Tass, citing ministry sources Emergencies. Another version of the origin of the claim relates to a mechanical failure in the setting of the wheels of the train body, according to Interfax.

Some of the passengers were able to exit the train derailed on its own, but the doors of one of the cars were locked and were opened by emergency services when an hour had passed since the breakdown that occurred at 8.39 hours in Moscow, according to Itar -Tass.

And the most affected – – The locked car was the head of the train. “I was in the last car. Suddenly a loud knock sounded and everyone fell over each other. It became clear that the train had crashed into something. I hit. Stayed some time in the tunnel and then we began to evacuate. When I left I looked to the front of the train and saw that the car had overturned and was passed through the tunnel, “as recounted Andrei, a traveler, in the web page Moskovsky Komsomolets of the first newspaper in the capital. The driver, named Sergei Osipov, 31, died in the accident, according to Interfax. Another traveler, Sergei Soloviev, hospitalized with various traumas, said that was in the third car and together with other passengers managed to open the doors of it and began to pull the wounded.

All clinics near the scene were mobilized for the wounded. In rescue operations were used eight Emergency Service helicopters, Itar- Tass reported.

This is the first accident of the Moscow metro fatalities this year. The last fault occurred in June 2013 when 4,500 were evacuated passengers due to smoke from the combustion of a high voltage cable between the ” Lenin Library ” and ” Ojotnii riad ” stations. On that occasion were hospitalized 27 people. On Tuesday the movement in the damaged line was completely disrupted after damage.

The Moscow metro is the busiest of all the West and, according to data from 2013, annually transports nearly 2,500 million people.

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