Russian train derailment kills at least 25

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Dozens of people were killed when a Russian express train carrying hundreds of passengers derailed between Moscow and St. Petersburg Friday evening.

Early casualty figures were unclear, but Ria Novosti, citing the Russian health minister, initially reported at least 25 dead and as many as 95 injured. Those figures are likely to climb.

The Nevsky Express was traveling with 661 passengers and 21 railroad employees on board. Three cars left the tracks in Tver Province, northwest of Moscow, and some witnesses reported seeing a crater under the train.

The cause of the accident was unclear but police were investigating the possibility of sabotage, raising fears that the luxury train was the target of a terrorist attack.

Two years ago, 30 passengers were wounded when a train operating on the same line was derailed by a bomb said to have been placed by Chechen rebels.

UPDATE: Russian officials say a terrorist explosion is the most likely cause of the derailment of the Nevsky Express train. Investigators found bomb fragments at the scene of the crash as well as a crater under the railroad track.

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