At least 20 killed in Moscow train derailment

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MOSCOW (CNN) —┬áThe death toll in a Moscow metro derailment Tuesday now stands at 20, according to the state-run ITAR-Tass news agency, citing Russia’s Emergencies Minister Vladimir Puchkov.

The Moscow health care department gave a slightly lower figure, saying 19 were confirmed dead.

Another 160 people are injured, of whom 129 are hospitalized, it said. Of those, 42 are in critical condition.

The derailment took place during morning rush hour in the Russian capital. Three metro train cars derailed in a tunnel, ITAR-Tass reported.

More than 200 people have been evacuated, the Emergency Ministry said on its website.

Dozens of ambulances arrived at the scene, along with three BK 117 helicopters, to help shuttle the injured to hospitals, according to ITAR-Tass.

It was not clear what caused the derailment, but the head of Moscow’s Transportation Department said it was not a terrorist attack.

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