At least six people were killed and 45 injured after a collision between a cargo train and a passenger train near Moscow, Russian officials said on Tuesday.
The Russian Interior Ministry said the accident happened when several cars on the cargo train derailed and hit a passenger train on a parallel track near Naro-Fominsk, a town 50 kilometres southwest of Moscow.
There were conflicting reports over the cause of the accident.
While Moscow’s public transport department said the accident was caused by a crack in the rail, the state Investigative Committee said it occurred when a cargo container came loose and hit the passenger train.
Nina Suslonova, the Moscow region’s health care minister, told the Rossiya 24 news channel that five people were confirmed dead at the site. Dmitry Pestov, a deputy head of the Moscow region’s government, later told Russia’s Interfax news agency that another person had died in hospital.
The emergency situations ministry said at least 45 people were injured in the accident and that 25 of them had been hospitalized. It said 15 were in serious condition.
Footage from the crash site broadcast by Russian television showed one side of a passenger car torn away by the collision. After the accident, dazed passengers were seen clambering off the tilting train and climbing up a grassy bank to safety.
The passenger train had been travelling from Moscow to the Moldavian capital of Chisinau.
Dozens of ambulance crews and seven rescue helicopters rushed to the site to help the victims. The emergency agency dealing with the accident said 15 of the wounded were in grave condition.
(FRANCE 24 with AP, REUTERS)
Date created : 2014-05-20