Belgrade mayor offers condolences over Moscow accident

BELGRADE -- Belgrade Mayor Siniša Mali on Tuesday sent a message to his Moscow counterpart Sergei Sobyanin, offering condolences over the loss of life in a subway accident.

Rescuers evacuate the injured (Beta/AP)
Rescuers evacuate the injured (Beta/AP)

20 people were reported dead and 160 others injured when a subway train derailed in Moscow during rush-hour.

"On behalf of the citizens of Belgrade and on my own behalf, I send expressions of our deepest condolences over the grave accident that befell your city, in which your fellow citizens died. The City of Belgrade stands with you in this difficult time," Mali's message read.

According to reports, several cars left the track in the tunnel after a power surge triggered an alarm, which caused the train to stop abruptly. "All possible causes of the accident are technical, there are no grounds to suspect a terrorist attack," Itar-Tass quoted Russia’s Investigative Committee spokesperson Vladimir Markin.