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Moscow mayor fires metro chief after fatal accident

Published 22/07/2014 | 11:15

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Members of the emergency services work at the site of an accident on the subway in Moscow July 15, 2014.  At least 20 people were killed and more than 120 were injured when a Moscow underground train derailed during the morning rush hour in one of the worst accidents on the Russian capital's subway system in years. REUTERS/Press Service of Russian Emergencies Ministry of Moscow Region/Handout via Reuters (RUSSIA - Tags: DISASTER TRANSPORT) 

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Members of the emergency services work at the site of an accident on the subway in Moscow July 15, 2014. Reuters/Press Service of Russian Emergencies Ministry of Moscow Region/Handout via Reuters
Members of the emergency services work at the site of an accident on the subway in Moscow July 15, 2014.  At least 20 people were killed and more than 120 were injured when a Moscow underground train derailed during the morning rush hour in one of the worst accidents on the Russian capital's subway system in years. REUTERS/Press Service of Russian Emergencies Ministry of Moscow Region/Handout via Reuters (RUSSIA - Tags: DISASTER TRANSPORT)

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Members of the emergency services work at the site of an accident on the subway in Moscow. Photo: Reuters/Press Service of Russian Emergencies Ministry of Moscow Region/Handout via Reuters
Members of the emergency services work at the site of an accident on the subway in Moscow July 15, 2014. At least 20 people were killed and more than 120 were injured when a Moscow underground train derailed during the morning rush hour in one of the worst accidents on the Russian capital's subway system in years. REUTERS/Press Service of Russian Emergencies Ministry of Moscow Region/Handout via Reuters (RUSSIA - Tags: DISASTER TRANSPORT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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At least 21 people were killed and more than 120 were injured when a Moscow underground train derailed during the morning rush hour in one of the worst accidents on the Russian capital's subway system in years. Reuters/Press Service of Russian Emergencies Ministry of Moscow Region/Handout via Reuters

The mayor of Moscow has dismissed the head of the Russian capital's metro network following an accident that killed at least 22 people, the mayor's office said on Tuesday.

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More than 150 people were also injured in the accident on July 15, in which three carriages derailed on a train during the morning rush hour.

Mayor Sergei Sobyanin replaced Ivan Besedin, who had run the metro since February 2011, with Dmitry Pegov, a former official at a subsidiary of state-controlled Russian Railways.

Russian state investigators have detained four Moscow metro workers suspected of safety breaches but Besedin was not among them. The investigators put the death toll at 22.

The accident is the worst in years on Moscow's metro, one of the world's busiest subway networks, and highlights concerns about Russia's patchy transport safety record. There was no sign that the incident was caused by an militant attack.

Reuters

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