Russian medical services are dealing with an influx of patients following the train crash on Friday evening.
The train was travelling on one of country’s busiest rail routes at peak travel time. With his neck in a brace, one victim recalled: “The debris was pulled away by the passengers who felt more or less OK. From the very beginning, we realised lots of people were seriously injured.” The last three carriages of the Nevsky Express careered off the tracks as the train approached speeds of 200 kilometers per hour. The luxury train is popular with government officials and Russian business executives. Terrorism has been a major concern in Russia since the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union with Chechen rebels and Islamist separatists active. One Russian said: “Of course it is very bad. Our special services need to work better, although it is very difficult to predict such things, very hard.” Rescue efforts were hampered by a second, less powerful bomb which reportedly exploded near the site of the first blast. No one was injured but Russia’s security services were forced to close rail links between the two main cities that had been partially reopened.