MOSCOW, May 20 (RIA Novosti) — A broken rail was the cause of the collision of two trains in the Moscow region on Tuesday, the Moscow Transport Department told a regional web portal "V Podmoskovye."
"Sixteen carriages of a freight train 1484 went off tracks due to a broken rail at the Kiev railway Bekasovo-1 - Nara. The coming-off tracks resulted in a sideways collision with a passenger train Moscow-Chisinau, with the 7th and 8th carriages getting crashed," the speaker told the portal, adding that led to a sideways collision with a passenger train.
The collison took place at the railroad haul between Naro-Fominsk and Bekasovo in Moscow region earlier on Tuesday, leaving up to 9 dead and 45 injured, including one child, according to the health ministry.
Nine emergency teams and three medical helicopters, along with 250 people, were sent to clean and help the injured at the accident site.
The train service was cut off at platforms 1 and 2. Additional busses will carry some passengers from the accident scene.