Six killed as trains crash near Moscow

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A collision between a cargo train and a passenger service near Moscow yesterday left at least six people dead and 45 injured.

The Russian interior ministry said the accident occurred when several carriages on the cargo train derailed and hit a passenger train moving on a parallel track near Naro-Fominsk, a town 30 miles south-west of Moscow.

Footage from the crash site broadcast by Russian television showed one side of a passenger carriage completely torn away.

The emergency situations ministry said all those injured were in the same carriage. Twenty-five casualties were taken to hospital, 15 of them in a critical condition.

Moscow’s public transport department initially said the crash was caused by a crack in the rail, but the Investigative Committee claimed it occurred when a cargo container came loose and hit the passenger train.