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In this frame grab provided by the Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations shows frame grab from a video showing rescue teams working inside the tunnel where several cars of the wrecked train look almost coiled, occupying the entire space of the tunnel of Moscow subway in Moscow, Russia, on Tuesday, July 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Russian Emergency Situation Ministry)

2 subway employees detained over Moscow derailment

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Paramedics and firefighters carry an injured man out of a subway station after a rush-hour subway train derailment in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, July 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

– Russian investigators say they have detained two employees of the Moscow subway where 22 people died and more than a hundred were injured in a train derailment.

The Investigative Committee said in a statement Wednesday that they have detained the head of the track department and his deputy. Investigators said a new rail switch at the point where the train left the tracks was not properly installed during repair works in May and was in fact attached to the rail by a single wire.

The rush-hour accident on Tuesday killed 22 people and hurt 136. More than 1,100 people were evacuated from the train, which was stuck between two stations in Moscow’s west, in a rescue operation that lasted more than 12 hours.

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