Russian train crash leaves at least six dead

By Kyle Johnson,

At least six people were killed on Tuesday when two trains collided nearly 40 miles outside of Moscow after one train derailed.

A freight train derailed outside of the town of Naro-Fominsk and crashed into a long-distance passenger train heading to Chisinau, Moldova filled with about 400 people, BBC News reports. The death toll is likely to rise, rescue coordinator Vadim Andronov explained to Itar-Tass.

"One of the carriage of the passenger train was crushed by the goods train wagons," Andronov said. "Rescuers are working to pull out injured people being crushed by the wagon."

Five people died at the scene, while a sixth passed away after reaching the hospital. Officials say that about 45 people suffered injuries due to the crash, with 25 people in serious enough condition they had to be transported to a hospital.

According to RIA Novosti, though the cause of the crash is still being investigated, the Moscow Transport Department believes for the moment that it was likely due to a broken rail.

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