Five Die, Fifteen Injured As Trains Collide Near Moscow, Russia

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Bulgaria: Five Die, Fifteen Injured As Trains Collide Near Moscow, Russia A handout picture released by the Russian Emergency Ministry shows the collision site of a passenger train and a freight train near Moscow. Photo by EPA/RUSSIAN EMERGENCY MINISTRY.

At least five people have died after two trains collided south-west of the Russian capital Moscow, Tuesday.

Five people died and 15 were injured as a freight train hit a passenger train, according to a preliminary report from Russia's Interior Ministry.

According to Russian news agency Itar-Tass, the trains collided between the stations of Bekasovo and Naro-Fominsk, located on the Kiev-bound railway some 55 kilometers from Moscow's center.

Several carriages on the freight train came off the rails and hit the passenger train which has then derailed, the BBC reports.

A criminal investigation has been opened following the crash, Russian Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin told Interfax.

The cause of the accident was not immediately clear.

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