Armenians injured in Moscow subway accident

Two Armenians when injured in the Russian capital when a Moscow underground train derailed between two stations during the morning rush hour, reports the Armenian Embassy in Russia.

The injured Armenian nationals have been identified as Mary Kocharyan, 20, and Anna Bulghadaryan, 23.

Mary Kocharyan was rushed to hospital with a spinal fracture and a closed brain injury.Anna Bulghadaryan has been transferred to hospital with signs of traumatic shock. Both of them are presently in the intensive care unit.

The death toll in Tuesday’s metro train derailment has risen to 20, the Russian emergency ministry says.

Some of those hurt were carried out of the tunnel on stretchers, with the most serious cases airlifted to hospital.

The train derailed between Slaviansky Boulevard and Park Pobedy (Victory Park) stations in the west on the city. The packed commuter train was travelling from the north-west of Moscow to the city centre at the time of the crash.

Some 50 people are in a serious condition, the Itar-Tass news agency reported, quoting a health official.

The cause of the crash – one of the worst incidents ever on the metro – is reported to be a power surge.