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At Least 20 Dead in Moscow Subway Train Derailment

Rescuers carry a passenger injured as several subway cars derailed in Moscow, on July 15, 2014.
Rescuers carry a passenger injured as several subway cars derailed in Moscow, on July 15, 2014. Mikhail Japaridze—AFP/Getty Images

At least 150 people were hospitalized, many in grave condition

Updated 8:57 a.m.

MOSCOW — A rush-hour subway train derailed in Moscow Tuesday, killing 20 people and sending at least 150 to the hospital, many with serious injuries, emergency officials said.

Several cars left the track in the tunnel after a power surge triggered an alarm, which caused the train to stop abruptly.

Yuri Akimov, a Moscow representative of the emergency services, said in a televised briefing outside the Park Pobedy station that about 200 people were evacuated from the train, which was stuck between two stations in west Moscow.

Several people who were gravely injured were taken out of the station and airlifted from the scene. Alexander Gavrilov, deputy chief of the Moscow emergency services, said rescuers have recovered 7 bodies and are working to extract 12 more bodies from two wrecked train cars.

Photos on social media showed passengers walking along the tracks inside the dimly lit tunnel.

A man with a bloody cut on his brow told Rossiya 24 television outside the Park Pobedy station that he felt a jolt and the train abruptly came to a halt. “There was smoke and we were trapped inside,” the man said. “It’s a miracle we got out. I thought it was the end.

Park Pobedy is the deepest metro station in Moscow, 84 meters (275 feet) deep, which is making the rescue particularly hard.

While accidents are regular occurrences in the Moscow Metro, deadly incidents are rare.

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