Moscow metro roof-riding kills two

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Two students were found dead in the Moscow metro, apparently from hitting equipment while riding on the roof of a train, ITAR-TASS news agency reported Monday, quoting police.

"The body of a 19-year-old student from the University of Tourism was found on the roof of a train's leading car. He had died of multiple injuries," the report said.

The other student, who attended Moscow's Pedagogical University, was found on the tracks between Kuntsevskaya and Pionerskaya stations, it added.

Between 150 to 300 people are killed in the metro every year by accident or suicide, Interfax news agency said, quoting official figures.

The long-serving head of the metro, Dmitry Gayev, resigned last week after auditors announced multi-billion-ruble violations by the operating company and Moscow mayor Sergei Sobyanin criticised him for lax safety standards.

Opened during the rule of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin in 1935, the Moscow metro carries around seven million passengers daily.

© 2011 AFP

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