Muscovites bringing flowers to site of bus crash in western Moscow

At least four people have been killed and a further 15 injured in a terrifying bus crash in Russian Federation.

The circumstances of the crash are now being investigated, while police are on the scene. Also, there was an adolescent among the 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.

The Russian capital is also covered in heavy snow and ice and witnesses say hard driving conditions may have caused the vehicle to lose control.

Passengers on-board and people walking on the steps near the Slavyansky Boulevard metro station were killed, police said.

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Photos from the site of the incident show that the bus stopped on the stairs to the underground passage. Moscow mayor Sergei Sobyanin told reporters at the scene that an inspection of the entire Moscow bus fleet had been ordered.

Terrorism is not being considered, it is understood, but the driver was detained by police.

The people killed in the accident were crushed by the bus as it moved toward the station.

Monday was an ordinary working day in Moscow.

While health officials said four people had died, interior ministry spokesman Col Yuri Titov said the accident had claimed five lives.

  • Sonia Alvarado