Rush-hour Moscow sub­way de­rails: 21 dead,

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MOSCOW (AP) — A sub­way train de­railed Tues­day deep be­low Moscow’s streets, twist­ing and man­gling crowded rail cars at the height of the morn­ing rush hour. At least 21 people were killed, Rus­sian of­fi­cials said, and 136 were hos­pi­tal­ized, many with se­ri­ous in­juries.

The Rus­sian cap­i­tal’s air­ports and tran­sit sys­tems have been a prime tar­get for ter­ror­ists over the past two decades, but mul­ti­ple of­fi­cials vig­or­ously dis­missed ter­ror­ism as a pos­si­ble cause.

The Moscow Metro is world-fa­mous for its pala­tial in­te­ri­ors with mo­saics, chan­de­liers and mar­ble benches. Park Pobedy, where the de­rail­ment oc­curred, is Moscow’s deep­est metro sta­tion — 84 me­ters (275 feet) be­low the sur­face — which made the res­cue par­tic­u­larly dif­fi­cult. The sta­tion serves the vast park where Rus­sia’s World War II mu­seum is lo­cated.

It was un­clear what caused the train to de­rail. Lines of in­quiry in­cluded a fault in one of the cars or the sink­ing of the roadbed, ac­cord­ing to Vladimir Markin, spokesman for Rus­sia’s top in­ves­tiga­tive body. He said other of­fi­cials who said ear­lier that a power surge trig­gered an alarm, caus­ing the train to stop abruptly, were in­cor­rect.

Of the 136 people hos­pi­tal­ized, at least 42 were in grave con­di­tion, health of­fi­cials said. One cit­i­zen of China and one cit­i­zen of Ta­jik­istan were among those killed, Rus­sian news agencies quoted city of­fi­cials as say­ing.

Over 1,100 people were evac­u­ated from the train, which was stuck be­tween two sta­tions, in a res­cue oper­a­tion that ended more than 12 hours af­ter the ac­ci­dent. One woman taken from the scene died at a Moscow hospi­tal.

In video re­leased by the Emer­gency Sit­u­a­tions Min­istry, sev­eral wrecked train cars looked al­most coiled, oc­cu­py­ing the en­tire width of the tun­nel. Work­ers were try­ing to force open the man­gled doors of one car to re­trieve bod­ies. Pho­tos posted on so­cial me­dia sites showed pas­sen­gers walk­ing along the tracks in the dimly lit tun­nel.

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