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19 dead in Moscow subway derailment

A subway train has derailed in Moscow during the morning rush hour, leaving at least 19 people dead and more than 100 injured.

The accident occurred near the Slavyansky Boulevard station at around 9 AM local time on Tuesday.

Russia's Emergency Ministry says an electrical surge may have triggered an alarm, causing the train to brake suddenly.

About 200 people were evacuated from the station and the train. The seriously injured were taken by helicopter to nearby hospitals.

Russian state-run TV says the train was almost full at the time of the incident.

The broadcaster showed an image of 3 cars that were destroyed and lying on top of each other.

Roads around the station remain closed.

Jul. 15, 2014 - Updated 08:06 UTC