Five dead after bus ploughs into Moscow subway

Nine remain in hospitals after bus ploughs into Moscow pedestrian underpass

The incident occurred near Moscow's Slavyansky Boulevard metro station on Monday afternoon.

A shuttle bus struck pedestrians in a crowded Moscow underpass on Monday, killing at least five, officials said.

"Terror attack is ruled out".

Footage shows people scattering as the bus ran down wide steps before being brought to a halt by the tunnel's roof. Police said that the incident happened as the bus driver lost control of the bus.

"According to the driver, the bus was parked and suddenly began to move by itself", said a statement by the Russian Investigative Committee, which probes major crimes.

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The number of people killed was unclear.

"Nine people are now in the city's clinics. four people died on the spot", the Moscow city hall said in a statement on the website. The bus driver was also detained and questioned, authorities said.

Moscow mayor Sergei Sobyanin told reporters at the scene that an inspection of the entire Moscow bus fleet has been ordered. According to various sources, he could have pushed the wrong pedal or taken off the bus from a handbrake, after which it rolled out into the underground passage. He has been held by police.

Monday is an ordinary working day in Russian Federation, where Orthodox Christmas will be celebrated on January 7.

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