16 July 2014, 12:53

Two suspects arrested over metro tragedy as Moscow mourns victims

Two suspects arrested over metro tragedy as Moscow mourns victims

The Russian Investigative Committee has arrested two suspects in yesterday's Moscow metro tragedy. The incident occurred on Tuesday morning when a train derailed between the Park Podedy and Slavyansky Bulvar metro stations. According to the latest information, 22 people died and July 16 has been declared a day of mourning for the victims. Russia's President, Vladimir Putin, has expressed condolences to family and friends of those who died.

Valery Bashkatov, track supervisor of the Moscow Metro unitary enterprise and Yuri Gordov, assistant track supervisor, have both been arrested, the Russian Investigative Committee said. They are suspected of violating transport safety reegulations (Article 263.1, part 3 of the Russian Criminal Code).

The suspects have been questioned the authorities plan to press charges against them and press for a suitably deterrent sentence in the near future.

Faulty railroad switch may have caused Moscow metro tragedy – Russian official

The tragedy in Moscow's metro may have happened because of a faulty railroad switch, which was helf in place with a wire that had broken off, said Vladimir Markin, an official representative of Russia's Investigative Committee.

"The investigation committee thinks that the works weren't carried out properly: the railroad switch was fixed with a simple wire that broke off. As result, the train came off the rails," Markin said.

A train derailed on tuesday between the Park Podedy and Slavyansky Bulvar metro stations. According to the latest information, 22 people have died and 129 hospitalized, of which 42 have been left with severe injuries. It has been reported that a number of foreigners were among the dead and injured.

July 16 declared day of mourning for victims of accident in Moscow

July 16 has been declared a day of mourning for victims of the Metro accident in Moscow. Russia's President Vladimir Putin has expressed his condolences to the families and friends of the victims. "Vladimir Putin deeply sympathises with the family and friends of the victims and wishes the fastest recovery to those injured in the accident," presidential spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said in a statement.

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev also expressed his condolences victims' families and gave instructions that Moscow should be helped to cope with the consequences of the accident. "A tragic event occurred here in Moscow - an accident in the metro, people have died, and more than 100 people are in hospital, receiving medical treatment," the prime minister noted. "On behalf of people present here and of the government of the Russian Federation, I would like to express our condolences to the victims' relatives. And, of course, there is a need to help Moscow eliminate the consequences of this severe accident, in terms of healthcare assistance, as well as in other areas that require decision-making in such cases," he said.

Speaker of the Federation Council, Valentina Matviyenko expressed condolences to the families of victims and injured as a result of the accident in Moscow's subway. "I'm deeply saddened by news about the horrible accident that occurred in Moscow's subway. Together with you, I'm worried about the lives and health of the people affected in this transport accident," says an official telegram sent by the Federation Council's head to the capital's mayor.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon also expressed condolences to the victims' families, as well as to all Russians, according to UN Secretary General's spokesperson, Farhan Haq. "UN Secretary General is saddened by the news of the train crash in Moscow, as a result of which many people have died or were injured. In this difficult moment, he expresses his sincere condolences to the families of the victims of this tragic incident, to the government and the people of the Russian Federation. He also wishes a rapid recovery to the injured," Haq said.

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko expressed his condolences to Russia's President Vladimir Putin, to all Russian people, as well as to the relatives and friends of the people who died in the Moscow subway train derailment, according to the press service of the Belarusian leader.

"The news of the train accident on the Arbatsko-Pokrovskaya line of Moscow's metro, that led to human losses resounded with pain in the hearts of Belarusians, who share the sorrow with you," the message says.

The US Embassy to Russia has expressed sympathy for the families of the victims who died. "We offer our condolences to the families of victims and people injured in today's accident in Moscow's metro," says a tweet, written in Russian, on the embassy's official page.

The metropolitan of the Russian Orthodox Church is praying for the people injured in the accident, the Patriarch's spokesperson, deacon Alexander Volkov, said. "The Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, Kirill condoles with all families and friends of the accident victims and prays for earlies recovery of the injured. His Holiness will make a lity on the victims in his residence today," the press secretary reported.

The Muslims of Russia will pay a tribute to the victims in all mosques, the Council of Muftis said.

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