At least five dead after Moscow bus ploughs into underground walkway

25 December, 2017, 19:04 | Author: Genevieve Gibbs
  • Mikhail Pochuev  TASS

Four people died when a bus crashed into an underground passage in western Moscow, police said.

Horrific CCTV from the scene captured the bus veering off a road and smashing down steps into people.

Russian authorities say a bus careened off a road and onto steps leading into an underground passageway in Moscow, killing at least four people and leaving 13 others injured.

Mikhail Pochuev  TASS
Mikhail Pochuev TASS

Moscow police said both passengers and passers-by were killed.

According to the mayor of Moscow, who has arrived at the scene of the crash, two people are in critical condition as a result of the accident.

"A bus drove into a pedestrian underpass", a traffic police spokesman, Artyom Kolesnikov, told AFP.

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He tried to apply the brakes but they did not work, the investigative committee said. The tunnel's ceiling stopped the bus. The bus driver was also detained and questioned, authorities said.

The accident happened around 3pm (1200 GMT, 8pm Malaysia) near Moscow's Slavyansky Boulevard metro station, a prestigious residential area near one of the capital's main avenues. A helicopter will evacuate the wounded persons.

Sobyanin has vowed to conduct a "thorough" probe into the deadly accident. "We are providing emergency aid".

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Sobyanin also visited the scene, telling journalists he had ordered a full inspection of the entire Moscow bus fleet.

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