A freight train jumped the tracks and collided with a
passenger train near Moscow today, ripping the side off one
of the carriages and killing at least six people.
Dozens were injured, and Russian officials said the death
toll could rise. All of the windows and most of the side of
one green carriage had gone, a Reuters cameraman on the scene
Russian television footage showed dazed passengers clambering
off the tilting train and climbing up a grassy bank to safety
after the accident.
The train had been on its way from Moscow to Chisinau, the
capital of Moldova, before the collision at around 12:30 p.m.
near the town of Naro-Fominsk, 55 km southwest of the Russian
The cause of the accident was not immediately known, but a
criminal investigation has been opened.
"We tried to use an emergency brake. We couldn't see anything
ahead, there was lots of dust. Visibility was zero,"
state-run RIA news agency quoted one of the drivers of the
passenger train as saying.
Meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin in Shanghai, U.N.
Secretary General Ban Ki-moon expressed his condolences.
Putin promised a thorough investigation and aid for the
families of victims.
An official from state-owned Russian Railways told reporters
at the scene that five people had been killed immediately and
a sixth had later died in hospital. Russian Railways said the
collision occurred after 15 freight-train carriages derailed.
Viktor Yatsenko, an official with Russia's Emergencies
Ministry, had earlier told a televised conference with other
officials that 45 people had been hurt in addition to the
dead. He said 15 of the injured were seriously hurt.
Russian Health Minister Veronika Skvortsova said it appeared
that all six people who were killed were Moldovans, RIA
reported. Most of the injured were also Moldovans, Moscow
regional health minister Nina Suslonova said.