The Russian Federal Police have arrested Wednesday two technicians of the public company of the Moscow metro for Tuesday accident that left at least 21 dead and over 150 injured when a train derailed between two stations. Authorities accuse arrested were involved in an alleged breach of safety regulations, reported the official news agency Itar -Tass.
Investigated are the supervisor of roads Bashkatov Valeri and his assistant, Yuri Gordov stated the police spokesman, Vladimir Markin, who also said that the investigation suggest that the subway crash was due to a defective replacement switch mechanism. “The work was done incorrectly. Mechanism lane change by a simple cable set 3 mm which broke. This caused the derailment of the electric train, killing 22 people and injuries of varying severity over 150 passengers,”said Markin.
The accident occurred just after 8:30 am on Tuesday. A convoy was traveling towards the city center, between Park Boulevard and Slavonic Povedi stations west of Moscow, braked sharply and three of the derailed cars. All victims were recorded in the head carriage.
This is the first accident of the Moscow metro fatalities this year. The last fault occurred in June 2013 when 4,500 passengers were evacuated due to smoke from the combustion of a high voltage cable. On that occasion 27 people were hospitalized. The Moscow metro is the busiest of all the West and, according to data from 2013, annually transports nearly 2,500 million people.