NARO-FOMINSK: A freight train jumped the tracks and collided with a passenger train near Moscow yesterday, ripping the side off one of the carriages and killing at least six people.
Dozens were injured and Russian officials said the death toll could rise. All of the windows and most of the side of one green carriage had gone.
The train had been on its way from Moscow to Chisinau, the capital of Moldova, before the collision at around 12.30 pm near the town of Naro-Fominsk, 55 km southwest of the Russian capital.
An official from state-owned Russian Railways told reporters at the scene that five people had been killed immediately and a sixth had later died in hospital. Russian Railways said the collision occurred after 15 freight-train carriages derailed.