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MOSCOW, July 7 (Itar-Tass) - The number of those hospitalized after a rail road accident in Russia’s southern Krasnodar Territory has increased to 16, including five children, a spokesman for the Russian emergencies ministry told Itar-Tass on Sunday.
The accident took place in the railway section between stations Krylovskaya and Kislyakovka at 16:52 Moscow time. The first five cars of the Novosibirsk-Adler passenger train went off rails. “According to preliminary data, no one was killed. Sixteen were hospitalized,” the spokesman said, Earlier reports put the number of the hospitalized at 12. However, Emergencies Minister Vladimir Puchkov does not rule out that this number may go up. He ordered to provide a plane to evacuate serious patients to specialized clinics in Moscow, St. Petersburg or other cities, if need be.
In all, according to the emergency medicine centre, more than 70 people were hurt in the accident. No one received serious injuries.
Among the causes of the accident is deflection of rail track because of the hot weather. The interior ministry excluded a terrorist act from the very beginning.
The accident delayed three passenger trains. The Russian emergencies minister ordered to organize mobile teams to offer help to the passengers of the delayed trains, to provide them with meals and water. Passengers from the ill-fortune trail were evacuated to the station Oktyabrskaya.
The Krasnodar Territory administration is taking efforts to clear the consequences of the accident. According to vice governor Vadim Lukoyanov, the territory’s governot Alexander Tkachev set up a special working group that was sent to the accident site.
“We are fully aware that a night is closing in, so I reassure: no one of the passengers will be neglected, we shall take care of all,” the vice governor pledged.
In the mean time, one of the two repair trans has already reached the site from Tikhoretsk.
Caucasian transport prosecutor Alexander Ulyanov is expected to arrived at the site soon, a spokesman for the Southern transport prosecutor’s office told Itar-Tass.
Earlier, the Russian Investigations Committee launched a pre-investigation probe.