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People pay their last respects while passing the coffin of Russian human rights activist Valeriya Novodvorskaya during a farewell ceremony inside the Sakhavov's center in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, July 16, 2014. Novodvorskaya died in Moscow at the age of 64. Official coverage in Russia of Novodvorskaya's passing has been muted, and President Putin's office issued a laconic statement.(AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
In this frame grab provided by the Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations shows frame grab from a video showing rescue teams working inside the tunnel where several cars of the wrecked train look almost coiled, occupying the entire space of the tunnel of Moscow subway in Moscow, Russia, on Tuesday, July 15, 2014. Workers were seen trying to force open the mangled doors of the car where dead bodies are supposed to be. A rush-hour subway train derailed in Moscow Tuesday, killing about a dozen people and injuring at least 150, emergency officials said. Several cars left the track in the tunnel after a power surge triggered an alarm, which caused the train to stop abruptly. (AP Photo/Russian Emergency Situation Ministry)
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - JULY 15: Search and rescue teams of Ministry of Emergency Situations evacuate passengers injured after three subway cars derailed in Moscow,Russia on July 15, 2014. Twenty people died and dozens were injured today after three cars of the subway derailed in the Moscow metro in a tunnel between Park Pobedy and Slavyansky Bulvar stations on July 15, 2014 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Gleb Shchelkunov/Kommersant Photo via Getty Images)
Flowers are fixed on doors as an unidentified man walks past an entrance of Slavaynsky boulevard subway station, in Moscow, Russia, on Wednesday, July 16, 2014. A rush-hour subway train derailed in Moscow Tuesday, killing 20 people and injuring at least 150, emergency officials said. The cause of the derailment is being investigated. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
People pay their last respects while passing the coffin of Russian human rights activist Valeriya Novodvorskaya during a farewell ceremony inside the Sakhavov's center in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, July 16, 2014. Novodvorskaya died in Moscow at the age of 64. Official coverage in Russia of Novodvorskaya's passing has been muted, and President Putin's office issued a laconic statement.(AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
Paramedics and a police officer carry an injured man out from a subway station after a rush-hour subway train derailment in Moscow, Russia, on Tuesday, July 15, 2014. A rush-hour subway train derailed in Moscow Tuesday, killing about dozen people and injuring at least 106, emergency officials said. Several cars left the track in the tunnel after a power surge triggered an alarm, which caused the train to stop abruptly. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
In this photo taken on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 bodies of victims lie on rails in a tunnel after a train derailed between two subway stations in Moscow, Russia. Investigators detained two Moscow subway workers Wednesday in the wake of the deadly rush-hour derailment that killed at least 22 people and injured 136 others. (AP Photo)
In this frame grab provided by the Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations shows frame grab from a video showing rescue teams working inside the tunnel where several cars of the wrecked train look almost coiled, occupying the entire space of the tunnel of Moscow subway in Moscow, Russia, on Tuesday, July 15, 2014. Workers were seen trying to force open the mangled doors of the car where dead bodies are supposed to be. A rush-hour subway train derailed in Moscow Tuesday, killing about a dozen people and injuring at least 150, emergency officials said. Several cars left the track in the tunnel after a power surge triggered an alarm, which caused the train to stop abruptly. (AP Photo/Russian Emergency Situation Ministry)
People pay their last respects while passing the coffin of Russian human rights activist Valeriya Novodvorskaya during a farewell ceremony inside the Sakhavov's center in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, July 16, 2014. Novodvorskaya died in Moscow at the age of 64. Official coverage in Russia of Novodvorskaya's passing has been muted, and President Putin's office issued a laconic statement. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
People pay their last respects while passing the coffin of Russian human rights activist Valeriya Novodvorskaya during a farewell ceremony inside the Sakhavov's center in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, July 16, 2014. Novodvorskaya died in Moscow at the age of 64. Official coverage in Russia of Novodvorskaya's passing has been muted, and President Putin's office issued a laconic statement.(AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
Flowers are fixed on a door as an unidentified man walks past an entrance of Slavaynsky boulevard subway station, in Moscow, Russia, on Wednesday, July 16, 2014. A rush-hour subway train derailed in Moscow Tuesday, killing 20 people and injuring at least 150, emergency officials said. The cause of the derailment is being investigated. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - JULY 15: Search and rescue teams of Ministry of Emergency Situations evacuate passengers injured after three subway cars derailed in Moscow,Russia on July 15, 2014. Twenty people died and dozens were injured today after three cars of the subway derailed in the Moscow metro in a tunnel between Park Pobedy and Slavyansky Bulvar stations on July 15, 2014 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Gleb Shchelkunov/Kommersant Photo via Getty Images)
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - JULY 15: Search and rescue teams of Ministry of Emergency Situations evacuate passengers injured after three subway cars derailed in Moscow,Russia on July 15, 2014. Twenty people died and dozens were injured today after three cars of the subway derailed in the Moscow metro in a tunnel between Park Pobedy and Slavyansky Bulvar stations on July 15, 2014 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Gleb Shchelkunov/Kommersant Photo via Getty Images)
Paramedics, a police officer and a voluenteer carry an injured man out from a subway station after a rush-hour subway train derailment in Moscow, Russia, on Tuesday, July 15, 2014. A rush-hour subway train derailed in Moscow Tuesday, killing about a dozen people and injuring at least 106, emergency officials said. Several cars left the track in the tunnel after a power surge triggered an alarm, which caused the train to stop abruptly. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - JULY 15: Search and rescue teams of Ministry of Emergency Situations evacuate passengers injured after three subway cars derailed in Moscow,Russia on July 15, 2014. Twenty people died and dozens were injured today after three cars of the subway derailed in the Moscow metro in a tunnel between Park Pobedy and Slavyansky Bulvar stations on July 15, 2014 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Gleb Shchelkunov/Kommersant Photo via Getty Images)
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - JULY 15: Search and rescue teams of Ministry of Emergency Situations evacuate passengers injured after three subway cars derailed in Moscow,Russia on July 15, 2014. Twenty people died and dozens were injured today after three cars of the subway derailed in the Moscow metro in a tunnel between Park Pobedy and Slavyansky Bulvar stations on July 15, 2014 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Gleb Shchelkunov/Kommersant Photo via Getty Images)
Paramedics, a police officer and a volunteer carry an injured man out from a subway station after a rush-hour subway train derailment in Moscow, Russia, on Tuesday, July 15, 2014. A rush-hour subway train derailed in Moscow Tuesday, killing about a dozen people and injuring at least 106, emergency officials said. Several cars left the track in the tunnel after a power surge triggered an alarm, which caused the train to stop abruptly. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
Paramedics carry an injured man out from a subway station after a rush-hour subway train derailment, to be transported by a medical helicopter in Moscow, Russia, on Tuesday, July 15, 2014. A rush-hour subway train derailed in Moscow Tuesday, killing about a dozen people and injuring at least 106, emergency officials said. Several cars left the track in the tunnel after a power surge triggered an alarm, which caused the train to stop abruptly. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
Paramedics carry an injured man out from a subway station after a rush-hour subway train derailment in Moscow, Russia, on Tuesday, July 15, 2014. A rush-hour subway train derailed in Moscow Tuesday, killing about dozen people and injuring at least 106, emergency officials said. Several cars left the track in the tunnel after a power surge triggered an alarm, which caused the train to stop abruptly. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
Paramedics carry an injured man out from a subway station after a rush-hour subway train derailment in Moscow, Russia, on Tuesday, July 15, 2014. A rush-hour subway train derailed in Moscow Tuesday, killing about a dozen people and injuring at least 106, emergency officials said. Several cars left the track in the tunnel after a power surge triggered an alarm, which caused the train to stop abruptly. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
In this photo taken on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 rescuers work in a tunnel after a train derailed between two subway stations in Moscow, Russia. Investigators detained two Moscow subway workers Wednesday in the wake of the deadly rush-hour derailment that killed at least 22 people and injured 136 others. (AP Photo)
In this photo taken on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 rescuers carry a stretcher with a victim from a tunnel after a train derailed between two subway stations in Moscow, Russia. Investigators detained two Moscow subway workers Wednesday in the wake of the deadly rush-hour derailment that killed at least 22 people and injured 136 others. (AP Photo)
In this photo taken on Tuesday, July 15, 2014, a Chinese foreign defense attache takes a photo of Ukrainian refugees as they wait to cross the border at a Russia's border crossing checkpoint near the Russian town of Donetsk, Rostov-on-Don region. A delegation of international military attaches based in Moscow on Tuesday toured the Russian border town of Donetsk which Russia claims was hit by Ukraine mortar fire. Accompanied by foreign journalists, the officials examined a residential building damaged by rocket fire and a series of craters next to a border crossing, and also spoke to local residents. The trip was organized by the Russian Defense Ministry and described as an "act of good will." (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
Emergency Ministry firefighters carry an injured man out from a subway station after a rush-hour subway train derailment in Moscow, Russia, on Tuesday, July 15, 2014. A rush-hour subway train derailed in Moscow Tuesday, killing about a dozen people and injuring at least 106, emergency officials said. Several cars left the track in the tunnel after a power surge triggered an alarm, which caused the train to stop abruptly. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
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MOSCOW (AP) - Investigators detained two Moscow subway workers Wednesday in the wake of a deadly rush-hour derailment that killed 22 people and injured 136 others.

More than 1,100 people were evacuated Tuesday after a train derailed between two stations in western Moscow.

Eight people remained in critical condition and 40 others have serious injuries, Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said in comments carried by Russian news agencies.

Russia's major investigative agency said in a statement it had detained a senior Moscow track foreman and his assistant.

Investigators said a new rail switch at the point where the train left the tracks wasn't properly installed during repairs in May and was attached to the rail only by a single 3-millimeter wire. There is another subway line under construction nearby and the switch was to direct to the trains to a new tunnel once the line is launched.

The two men have been questioned, and the investigators are preparing to file unspecified charges against them, investigating committee spokesman Vladimir Markin said.

The Russian capital's airports and transit systems have been a prime target for terrorists over the past two decades, but multiple officials vigorously dismissed terrorism as a possible cause for Tuesday's derailment.

In recent months, subway workers have complained of declining safety standards in the system and disorganized measures for aiding stricken passengers.

The Moscow Metro's chief Ivan Besedin on Wednesday didn't comment on the investigators' statement, but said that he will be waiting for preliminary results of the probe before making any conclusions. He added that tracks as well as other infrastructure gets checked on a regular basis and gets repaired if needed.

Authorities said the line which will remain suspended until Friday morning.

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