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2 subway employees detained in investigation of deadly derailment in Moscow

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    CAPTION CORRECTION REMOVES REFERENCE TO CAUSE OF DERAILMENT 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 more than 20 people and injuring scores, emergency officials said. The cause of the derailment is being investigated. (AP Photo/Russian Emergency Situation Ministry) (The Associated Press)

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    CAPTION CORRECTION REMOVES REFERENCE TO CAUSE OF DERAILMENT. THE CAUSE IS UNDER INVESTIGATION Paramedics and firefighters carry an injured man out of a subway station after a rush-hour subway train derailment in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, July 15, 2014. A rush-hour subway train derailed in Moscow Tuesday, killing more than 20 people and injuring scores, emergency officials said. The cause of the derailment is being investigated. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev) (The Associated Press)

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    CAPTION CORRECTION REMOVES REFERENCE TO CAUSE OF DERAILMENT. THE CAUSE IS UNDER INVESTIGATION Paramedics carry an injured woman 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 more than 20 people and injuring scores, emergency officials said. The cause of the derailment is being investigated. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev) (The Associated Press)

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    CAPTION CORRECTION REMOVES REFERENCE TO CAUSE OF DERAILMENT. THE CAUSE IS UNDER INVESTIGATION Medical helicopters wait to transport injured people from a subway station after a rush-hour subway train derailment to a hospitals in Moscow, Russia, on Tuesday, July 15, 2014. A rush-hour subway train derailed in Moscow Tuesday, killing more than 20 people and injuring scores, emergency officials said. The cause of the derailment is being investigated. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev) (The Associated Press)

Russian investigators say they have detained two employees of the Moscow subway where 22 people died and more than a hundred were injured in a train derailment.

The Investigative Committee said in a statement Wednesday that they have detained the head of the track department and his deputy. Investigators said a new rail switch at the point where the train left the tracks was not properly installed during repair works in May and was in fact attached to the rail by a single wire.

The rush-hour accident on Tuesday killed 22 people and hurt 136. More than 1,100 people were evacuated from the train, which was stuck between two stations in Moscow's west, in a rescue operation that lasted more than 12 hours.