At least ten people have been killed and 120 people injured after three metro cars derailed near Moscow’s Slavyansky Bulvar station Tuesday morning.
Deputy Mayor Pyotr Biryukov said 149 people had been injured, 106 of whom were hospitalized, news agency Interfax reported.
The derailment took place at about 8:35 a.m. between the Slavyansky Bulvar and Park Pobedy metro stations on the city’s Blue Line, a statement on the Moscow Metro website said.
Slavyansky Bulvar metro station has been temporarily closed as rescuers attend to the victims.
The crash is believed to have been caused by a decrease in the electric voltage running through the tracks of the metro, a spokesman for Moscow’s Emergency Situations Ministry said, Interfax reported.
In total, 200 people have been evacuated from the tunnel, Interfax quoted a representative of the Emergency Situations Ministry as telling local television broadcaster Moscow 24.
Preliminary reports suggested a number of passengers were still trapped inside one of the damaged cars.