July 15, 2014

20 people killed in Moscow subway derailment

2007 photo of Moscow Metro - Christophe Meneboeuf via Wikimedia Commons

2007 photo of Moscow Metro - Christophe Meneboeuf via Wikimedia Commons

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MOSCOW — A subway train derailed in Moscow during the morning rush hour Tuesday, killing at least 20 people and injuring more than a hundred, officials said, in one of the deadliest incidents ever on the city's metro, The Wall Street Journal reported.

According to a preliminary investigation, three cars derailed in a tunnel in the western part of the city, trapping hundreds of people. A federal investigative authority opened a probe of the incident on suspicion of transport safety violations, according to the report.

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  • John Niles[ July 15th, 2014 @ 2:05pm ]

    I visited Moscow in May for a week as a tourist and enjoyed rapid in-city mobility on the Metro. It seemed safe to ride. My heart aches from this kind of tragedy even though I know it is a rare event. Nine million customers routinely carried daily, safely. There are pictures of the accident aftermath from social media at http://www.themoscowtimes.com/news/article/moscow-metro-passengers-post-eyewitness-accounts-of-deadly-accident/503430.html I'm curious if anyone reading this can explain the significance of the elapsed time (in seconds since previous train departure) on digital displays made visible to train operators on the wall above the tunnel continuation portal at every Moscow Metro station I visited. I observed train departures at precise two minute intervals according to those timers. Are those clocks providing an indication to the operator to close the doors and get moving?

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