At least 5 dead and 13 injured as bus plows into Moscow underpass

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Five people have reportedly died and at least 13 people were injured in western Moscow after a passenger bus drove into a crowded pedestrian underpass Monday afternoon.

Hospital sources said those who were taken to the hospital had injuries that were assessed as being from “grave” to “moderately severe.”

Moscow police said in a statement they are looking into two possible causes – the driver losing control of the vehicle and a technical problem with the bus.

“The driver of the bus began movement and then changed his trajectory, which resulted in the bus going down into the pedestrian underpass,” the statement said.

There is no suggestion it was a terror attack. Russian investigators said the driver told police the vehicle suddenly started to move.

He tried to apply the brakes but they did not work, the investigative committee said. The crash happened in icy conditions.

The subway station is located on a main street in western Moscow, near a popular shopping center.