Bus plunges into pedestrian underpass in Moscow

At least four people are said to have died after a bus came off the road and hurtled down a set of stairs leading to a metro station

The incident occurred near Slaviansky Boulevard station in western Moscow.

Four people have been killed in Moscow after a passenger bus swerved off course and slammed into a busy pedestrian underpass on Christmas Day. Some unconfirmed reports said that more than 15 people were injured in the accident.

The Russian capital is also covered in heavy snow and ice and witnesses say hard driving conditions may have caused the vehicle to lose control.

The circumstances of the crash are now being investigated, while police are on the scene.

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The driver of the bus had been detained by police, agencies said, after he lost control of the vehicle. According to various sources, he could have pushed the wrong pedal or taken off the bus from a handbrake, after which it rolled out into the underground passage.

While health officials said four people had died, interior ministry spokesman Col Yuri Titov said the accident had claimed five lives. During the interrogation, the driver told that the incident occurred at a bus stop.

Monday morning was an ordinary working day in Russian Federation where Orthodox Christmas will be celebrated on January 7.

Ten ambulances, fire service personnel, and three medivac helicopters were on the scene, agencies reported. Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said that two of those hospitalized are in critical condition.

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