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Builders accused after crater emerges in major Moscow highway

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Construction workers were responsible for the collapse of a part of a highway in northwest of Moscow that has caused woes for passengers on public transport, a source in Moscow City Hall said Monday.

MOSCOW, September 11 (RIA Novosti) - Construction workers were responsible for the collapse of a part of a highway in northwest of Moscow that has caused woes for passengers on public transport, a source in Moscow City Hall said Monday.

A crater measuring about and 800 sq m (8,600 sq feet) and about 15 meters (50 feet) deep emerged on a highway linking Moscow and St. Petersburg Sunday night burying a truck and an electricity power post. Power lines for public transportation were collapsed as a result.

Hundreds of people faced delays Monday morning trying to find other means of transportation other than their usual trolleybuses.

But a source in the Moscow subway's administration said trains were running on time despite the cave-in, which happened near Dinamo Metro station.

"The collapse did not affect us and we have no problems," the source said.

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