Four die on tracks of Moscow metro in one day

A strange hostage crisis occurred in the Moscow metro on February 23rd, 2005

A series of accidents happened in the Moscow metro on February 23rd. Four people died in the metro as they fell down on the tracks and were killed with arriving trains, Interfax reports with reference to a source in the law-enforcement authorities. Moreover, a group of teenagers took a train car of passengers hostage later the same day.

The list of metro victims opened at 1.35 a.m., when an unidentified woman died at the Mendeleevskaya station. Two other individuals died afterwards the same day, with a time lag of only 15 minutes. A 47-year-old man committed suicide on the Kitai-Gorod metro station at 4.15 p.m. Police officers found a death notice with the man, the content of which has not been exposed yet.

Another incident with lethal outcome occurred at 4.40 p.m. at another station of the Moscow metro. A 30-year-old man fell down on the railway and was killed with the arriving train. There was no note found with the man, although police officers said that it was a suicide too.

Another death took place on the Pushkinskaya metro station at 8.36 p.m., when a 54-year-old man incidentally fell off the platform and was hit by a train. The traffic in the metro was resumed only after the four bodies were removed from the tracks.

Law-enforcement authorities have not reported any further details of the incidents.

The last tragic occurrence with passengers dying in the Moscow metro was registered on January 28th, 2005, when an elderly woman fell off the platform. Investigators determined that it was not a suicide, but a tragic accident.

Two tragic occurrences took place in the Moscow metro on January 17th 2005. A woman committed suicide at the Voikovskaya station. A man fell down on the tracks at the Komsomolskaya station later that day. The man was seriously injured, but doctors managed to save his life.

A strange hostage crisis occurred in the Moscow metro on February 23rd, 2005. A group of young men between 15 and 20 years of age got in a train at the Vernadsky Avenue metro station. When the doors closed and the train started, the young men started ripping commercial stickers off the car's walls and sticking them back on the doors of the car. When one of female passengers tried to remove the stickers, which blocked the sliding doors, the aggressive young men told her to sit down and stay still, the Echo of Moscow radio station reports. The stickers on the doors did not let them open as the train was making further stops at five stations on the route. One of the doors eventually opened itself at one of the stops, and the passengers could finally get off. It is still not known why the teenagers decided to act so.

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Author`s name Olga Savka