DAYBREAK DAILY: 19 dead, 150 injured in Moscow Subway Crash
- Paramedics carry an injured woman out from a subway station after a rush-hour subway train derailment, to be transported by a medical helicopter in Moscow, Russia, on Tuesday, July 15, 2014. A rush-hour subway train derailed in Moscow Tuesday, killing about a dozen people and injuring at least 106, emergency officials said. Several cars left the track in the tunnel after a power surge triggered an alarm, which caused the train to stop abruptly. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev) (Photo: Associated Press)
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19 DEAD IN MOSCOW SUBWAY CRASH: A rush-hour subway train derailed Tuesday in Moscow, killing 19 people and sending at least 150 others to the hospital, many with serious injuries, Russian emergency officials said.
Several cars went off the track in the tunnel after a power surge triggered an alarm that caused the train to stop abruptly, the Emergency Situations Ministry said in a statement.
Rescuers have recovered seven bodies and are working to extract 12 more trapped in two wrecked train cars, Alexander Gavrilov, deputy chief of the Moscow emergency services, told reporters in a televised call.
Of the 150 reported injured, least 50 of them are in grave condition, Moscow health department chief Georgy Golukhov was quoted as saying by the Itar-TASS news agency. http://bit.ly/1qcczIj
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