Fatalities Reported After Bus Ploughs Down Moscow Metro Steps

На западе Москвы автобус въехал в подземный переход

Also, there was an adolescent among the injured.

A bus in Russia's capital careened off a road on Monday and slammed into an underground passageway, killing at least four people and injuring 13 others when it crushed pedestrians in its path, Russian authorities said. 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.

The incident occurred near Slaviansky Boulevard station in western Moscow.

Photos and video on social media showed the bus' windshield smashed with at least one body nearby.

Police say the driver of the bus was arrested at the scene.

Moments after the incident the driver of the bus was detained by the police.

Investigators are considering two possible causes of the accident: a loss of control over the bus by the driver and malfunctioning of the bus.

Russian news agencies quoted Moscow mayor Sergei Sobyanin as saying that he had ordered all city buses to be checked in the aftermath of the crash.

According to the source, there are two main reasons for the crash: either the bus or another auto cut it off or the brakes on the bus failed.

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

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