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Five dead after bus ploughs into Moscow subway

Five dead after bus ploughs into Moscow subway

Video shared on social media shows the bus hitting a number of people at the Slavyanskiy bul'var subway station.

A bus in Moscow rolled down a pedestrian underpass on Monday, killing 5 people and injuring 15.

The reason as to why or how the bus - used for public transport - came off the road is still being investigated by detectives.

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.

Either the vehicle's brakes failed or a auto cut ahead of the bus, causing it to veer off its intended path.

"According to preliminary information, a bus drove into the underground passage at the metro station Slavyansky Bulvar", the source said.

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At least 15 others were injured.

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

Interfax news agency reported that the bus was not even a year old.

Monday is a normal working day in Moscow, where the Orthodox Christmas will be celebrated on 7 January.

While health officials said four people had died, interior ministry spokesman Col Yuri Titov said the accident had claimed five lives.

Mayor of the capital, Sergei Sobyanin, took to Twitter to express his condolences to the families and friends of the victim.