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  • 20 May 2014, 12:50

Moscow Train Collision Leaves 'Several Dead'

At least five people have been killed after a freight train crashed into a passenger train near the Russian capital, Moscow.

According to a preliminary report from Russia's Interior Ministry, another 15 were seriously injured in the collision on the Bekasovo-Nara line, near the town of Naro-Fominsk and 24 miles from central Moscow.

Several of the goods train's carriages derailed immediately before the crash, Russian news agency Itar-Tass reported.

In a statement, Russia's Emergencies Ministry said: "Keep calm, do not panic."

Itar-Tass reported that police had said 16 carriages on the freight train derailed and smashed into the passenger train.

Three carriages holding people on the passenger train, which was en route from Chisnau to Moscow, reportedly overturned in the crash.

Rescue co-ordinator Vadim Andronov told Itar-Tass that the death toll was likely to rise.

"One of the carriages of the passenger train was crushed by the freight train wagons," he said.

"Rescuers are working to pull out injured people being crushed by the wagon."

Service on the line has been suspended.

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