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Metro train crash: Death toll up to 21

A Chinese and a Tajik citizen were among the victims; bodies of two remain stuck in the crashed train

MOSCOW, July 15. /ITAR-TASS/. The death toll has risen to 21 in the Moscow metro incident, Russia's Healthcare Minister Veronika Skvortsova said.

Causes of the tragedy

Investigators are considering several possible causes of the train derailment in the Moscow metro. All possible causes of the accident are technical, there are no grounds to suspect a terrorist attack, Russia’s Investigative Committee spokesperson Vladimir Markin said. Markin also confirmed that the power surge is not considered as a possible cause of the accident.

“A version of voltage surge is not confirmed, but we will be checking it,” he said.

Markin named several possible theories of the metro disaster. “This is a failure of switches, sagging of the railway track...We will probe a theory of malfunction in the metro car and all other theories which will arise,” the committee’s spokesman noted.

One of the train drivers has not been found yet, Vladimir Markin said, adding that it is hard to identify the victims and it is unlikely that the driver that was in the first car could survive. The Investigative Committee's spokesperson specified that the train was moving at the speed of 70 kmph.