July 16, 2014 4:43 am

2 subway employees detained in investigation of deadly Moscow derailment

Search and rescue teams of Ministry of Emergency Situations evacuate passengers injured after three subway cars derailed in Moscow,Russia on July 15, 2014.

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MOSCOW – Russian investigators say they have detained two employees of the Moscow subway where 22 people died and more than a hundred were injured in a train derailment.

The Investigative Committee said in a statement Wednesday that they have detained the head of the track department and his deputy. Investigators said a new rail switch at the point where the train left the tracks was not properly installed during repair works in May and was in fact attached to the rail by a single wire.

The rush-hour accident on Tuesday killed 22 people and hurt 136. More than 1,100 people were evacuated from the train, which was stuck between two stations in Moscow’s west, in a rescue operation that lasted more than 12 hours.

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