Bus kills at least 4 people in Moscow, driver detained

Bus kills at least 4 people in Moscow, driver detained

Authorities did not mention terrorism as a possible cause.

Pedestrians and passengers on the bus were among those killed, Moscow police said.

Police immediately ruled out the possibility of it being an attack, saying they suspected a mechanical fault or that the driver lost control of the vehicle.

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Horrifying video footage from the scene posted on social media showed a bus veering off the road and plunging down the steps of a pedestrian underpass, crushing several people beneath its wheels.

Other witnesses can be seen scattering as the bus zoomed toward them, before being brought to a halt by the tunnel's roof.

The driver, who has been detained for questioning, has been working for the bus company for 17 years and received his license more than 30 years ago.

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

Sirens were blaring around the metro station, with authorities preparing to pull the bus out of the underpass, an AFP correspondent at the scene said.

The emergencies ministry said two helicopters had been dispatched to the scene to help evacuate the victims.

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Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin tweeted: "There are dead and wounded".

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