At least 29 people have been injured after a cargo train derailed in Russia’s south with over 50 fuel tanks running off the tracks. One person has been reported missing. Almost 3,000 were evacuated from the nearby area.
Up to 10 cars have caught fire as a result of the accident, and heavy smoke is reported at the scene. The fire had been localized at around 6 am local time.
“As a result of the accident, one of the cars with diesel fuel tank started the fire, engulfing an area of 1.5 thousand square meters,” Interfax quoted the local Emergencies Ministry representative.
At least 29 people were admitted to the hospital with injuries and burns. Eleven of them including the locomotive driver have been hospitalized, one in critical condition.
“According to preliminary information, there was no explosion, instead, the tank caught fire,” said the source.