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Two arrested over deadly Moscow Subway accident

Published 16/07/2014 | 08:47

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Members of the emergency services carry an injured passenger outside a metro station following an accident on the subway in Moscow July 15, 2014. Nineteen people were killed on Tuesday and up to 120 injured when a Moscow underground train derailed between two stations during the morning rush hour, the Emergencies Ministry said. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin (RUSSIA - Tags: DISASTER TRANSPORT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
ATTENTION EDITORS - VISUAL COVERAGE OF SCENES OF INJURY OR DEATH Members of the emergency services carry an injured passenger outside a metro station following an accident on the subway in Moscow July 15, 2014. Nineteen people were killed on Tuesday and up to 120 injured when a Moscow underground train derailed between two stations during the morning rush hour, the Emergencies Ministry said. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin (RUSSIA - Tags: DISASTER TRANSPORT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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
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

Russian state investigators said on Wednesday they had detained two Moscow metro workers suspected of safety breaches that may have caused an accident that killed at least 21 people.

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More than 150 were also injured in Tuesday's accident in which three carriages derailed on a train during the morning rush hour. Some media reports put the death toll at 22.

Russia's federal Investigative Committee said it had detained a track supervisor and an assistant track supervisor suspected of failing to properly monitor work carried out on a track switch mechanism in an underground tunnel.

"The work was carried out improperly," the committee said in a statement. "This resulted in the train coming off the rails, the deaths of 21 people and various injuries to more than 150 passengers."

The accident is the worst in years on Moscow's overcrowded metro and highlights concerns about Russia's patchy transport safety record. There was no sign that the incident was a militant attack.

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