Paramedics carry an injured woman from the subway station to a medical helicopter. Associated Press

Several Metro cars jumped their tracks Tuesday morning, killing 21 and injuring at least 160 people.

Several Moscow Metro subway cars derailed Tuesday morning, killing 21 and injuring over 160 people.

The derailment occurred on the Arbatsko-Pokrovskaya blue Metro line during morning rush hour. The driver of the train is alive and being treated in a local hospital. 

The press service of the Moscow Emercom branch reported that 1,100 people evacuated from the site of the accident and at least 50 of those injured were in grave condition. The dark blue line carries some 733,000 people daily

The cause of the accident remains unknown, but authorities say they believe it was not an act of terrorism. Some reports indicate that the cars jumped off the track after a power surge triggered an alarm.

"There can be several reasons: failed switch, rail subsidence, because there are construction works in a tunnel nearby. We will consider the possibility of the carriage itself being defective - anything that will emerge during the investigation,” the spokesman for the Russian Investigative Committee, Vladimir Markin said at a press conference. 

Authorities have declared Wednesday a day of mourning for those who passed away in the accident.

This post originally appeared on The Wire. More from our partner site:

Honduras Welcomes Back 38 Women And Children Deported From Texas

Why Hamas Rejected The Israel-Approved Egyptian Ceasefire

Afghan Marker Suicide Bomb Kills 89 Just Days After Election Deal

About the Author

Most Popular

  1. Smoke from the fires hangs over Brazil.
    Environment

    Why the Amazon Is on Fire

    The rash of wildfires now consuming the Amazon rainforest can be blamed on a host of human factors, from climate change to deforestation to Brazilian politics.

  2. An aerial photo of downtown Miami.
    Life

    The Fastest-Growing U.S. Cities Aren’t What You Think

    Looking at the population and job growth of large cities proper, rather than their metro areas, uncovers some surprises.

  3. a map of London Uber driver James Farrar's trip data.
    Transportation

    For Ride-Hailing Drivers, Data Is Power

    Uber drivers in Europe and the U.S. are fighting for access to their personal data. Whoever wins the lawsuit could get to reframe the terms of the gig economy.

  4. Transportation

    When a Transit Agency Becomes a Suburban Developer

    The largest transit agency in the U.S. is building a mixed-use development next to a commuter rail station north of Manhattan.

  5. Maps

    The Children’s Book Map That Led Me Out of Depression

    As a child, I loved the fantastical lands from The Phantom Tollbooth. As a troubled college student, I used them as a roadmap to self-acceptance.

×