A view shows a passenger train damaged in a collision with a freight train in Moscow region in this handout photo provided by Russian Emergencies Ministry. Pciture: Press Service of Russian Emergencies Ministry of Moscow Region/Handout

Moscow - At least four people were killed and 15 injured on Tuesday after parts of a freight train derailed and collided with a passenger train south of Moscow, the emergencies ministry said.

The ministry said the accident occurred at 1.00pm local time (09.00 GMT) near the town of Naro-Fominsk, about 80 kilometres south-west of Moscow, as the passenger train was travelling from the Russian capital to Moldova's capital Chisinau.

Russian news agency RIA-Novosti quoted an emergencies ministry official on site as saying the number of dead had risen to five.

Russian Railways said in a statement that 16 wagons of the freight train had derailed, damaging at least two carriages of the passenger train. - AFP