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Five dead after bus ploughs into Moscow subway

Five people have died after a passenger bus swerved off course and drove into a busy pedestrian underpass in Moscow, according to Russian news agencies.
It is understood nine people are being treated in hospital after the incident.
Footage broadcast on national television showed the bus driving onto the pavement and then down the stairs of the underpass, running over several pedestrians before coming to a stop.
Moscow police said in a statement they were looking into two possible causes – the driver losing control of the vehicle and a technical problem with the bus.
The driver of the bus has been detained by police, agencies said.
The incident occurred on one of the Russian capital’s busiest roads near the Slavyansky Boulevard metro station.
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There were also unconfirmed reports that some 15 people had been injured.
The Interfax news agency said investigators were looking into whether the incident had occurred as a result of a technical fault with the bus.
Ten ambulances, fire service personnel, and three medivac helicopters were on the scene, agencies reported.Traffic spokesperson Artyom Kolesnikov confirmed: “A bus drove into a pedestrian underpass.
“According to preliminary information, five people died.”