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21 dead, 150 injured in Moscow subway derailment

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UPDATE: MOSCOW (AP) - Officials in Moscow are vigorously dismissing terrorism as a possible cause of today's subway derailment that killed at least 21 people. The accident sent 136 others to the hospital, many with serious injuries.

More than 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 who was taken from the scene died in a Moscow hospital.

Officials initially blamed a power surge that they said had triggered an alarm, causing the train to stop abruptly. They now say that's not the case -- and they're looking at other possible factors, including a defect in one of the cars or the sinking of the roadbed.

Survivors told Russian TV that they felt a sharp impact that knocked them off their feet and hurled them across the train cars.

The station near where the derailment occurred is the deepest one in Moscow -- sitting 275 feet below the surface -- making the rescue particularly difficult.

While technical glitches are regular occurrences in the Moscow Metro, the subway hasn't seen deadly accidents in decades. Terrorism is another matter. More than 100 people have been killed in bombings on Moscow's subway trains or near stations since 2000.

UPDATE: MOSCOW (AP) - Investigators now say it wasn't a power surge that caused this morning's deadly subway train derailment in Moscow.

The derailment, deep below the city's streets, left at least 20 people dead and sent 150 others to the hospital -- many with serious injuries. The dead and injured had to be removed from twisted and mangled cars, which had been crowded with passengers at the height of the morning rush hour.

Officials had said earlier that a power surge triggered an alarm, causing the train to stop abruptly. They now are looking at whether there was a problem in one of the cars, or whether the roadbed had sunk.

Moscow's airports and transit systems have been a prime target for terrorists over the past two decades, but officials are vigorously dismissing terrorism as a possible cause.

In a video released by emergency officials, several wrecked train cars appeared to be almost coiled, occupying the entire width of the tunnel. Workers were trying to force open the mangled doors of one car to retrieve bodies. Survivors, meanwhile, walked along the tracks in the dimly-lit tunnel.

Technical glitches occur regularly in the Moscow Metro, but the system hasn't seen deadly accidents in decades.

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MOSCOW (AP) - Russian emergency officials say a rush-hour subway train has derailed in Moscow, killing 19 people and sending at least 150 others to the hospital, many with serious injuries.
    
Alexander Gavrilov, deputy chief of the Moscow emergency services, said rescuers have recovered 7 bodies and are working to extract 12 more bodies from two wrecked train cars.
    
Moscow's transit system has been previously targeted by terrorists but this time Russian officials have vehemently dismissed terrorism as a possible cause.

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