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Moscow Metro Workers Detained in Deadly Subway Crash

In this photo taken on July 15, 2014 rescuers carry a stretcher with a victim from a tunnel after a train derailed between two subway stations in Moscow, Russia.
In this photo taken on July 15, 2014 rescuers carry a stretcher with a victim from a tunnel after a train derailed between two subway stations in Moscow, Russia.
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Russian authorities have detained two Moscow subway workers over the fatal subway derailment that killed at least 21 people and injured over 150 others.

Russia's major investigative agency says the senior Moscow roadmaster of railway service, Valery Bashkatov, and his assistant, Yury Gordov, have been questioned and authorities are preparing to formally charge them with safety breaches.

The investigative committee says high-ranking officials could also be arrested, as authorities intend to probe everyone involved in the subway crash.

The incident happened during the morning rush hour on Tuesday when the train braked suddenly and ran off the tracks between two stations.

The investigative committee says that the cause of the crash was a improperly installed rail switch and the snapping of a single 3-millimeter wire. Another subway line is currently in construction near the site of the crash, and the rail switch was intended to direct the trains around the construction site.

Baskhkatov and Gordov were in charge of overseeing the construction between the two stations as well as the safety standards of the subway.

  • Rescue teams work inside the tunnel where a rush-hour subway train derailed killing at least 20 people and sending 150 others to the hospital, Moscow, July 15, 2014.
  • Rescue teams work inside the tunnel where a rush-hour subway train derailed, Moscow, July 15, 2014.
  • An emergency services helicopter approaches the metro station entrance following an accident on the subway, in Moscow, July 15, 2014.
  • Members of emergency services wait outside a metro station following an accident on the subway in Moscow, July 15, 2014.
  • Paramedics carry an injured woman to a medical helicopter in Moscow, July 15, 2014.
  • Paramedics carry an injured woman to a medical helicopter from a subway station after a rush-hour subway train derailment, in Moscow, July 15, 2014.
  • Members of emergency services stand near a map of metro train lines outside the station following an accident on the subway, in Moscow, July 15, 2014.
  • Members of emergency services carry an injured passenger outside a metro station following an accident on the subway, in Moscow, July 15, 2014.
  • An emergency service helicopter lands outside a metro station following an accident on the subway in Moscow, July 15, 2014.

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