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Passengers of Novosibirsk-Adler train arrive in Sochi

July 08, 2013, 10:38 UTC+3
Representatives of the authorities of the resort city, the ambulance doctors and railway workers welcomed them on the platform
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SOCHI, July 8 (Itar-Tass) - The special train with the passengers from the train, which derailed in the Krasnodar Territory on Sunday, arrived at 09:30 Moscow time on Monday at the railway station in Sochi. Representatives of the authorities of the resort city, the ambulance doctors and railway workers welcomed them on the platform.

Most passengers from other cities that went on vacations in Sochi asked to help them to get to the holiday home and people wanted the railway officials “to register them as passengers of the derailed train,” Sochi Deputy Mayor Svetlana Vladimirskaya told Itar-Tass. “We need only the transport, we hope for good vacations. We received the help from local residents in Kuban, they fed us and even were ready to bring us to Sochi by their cars. We are all right, we are just tired and want to get to the holiday home as quickly as possible,” a female passenger from the Novosibirsk-Adler train Galina Loginova told Itar-Tass.

The derailment occurred at 17:10 Moscow time on Sunday on the Kislyakovskaya-Krylovskaya railway section. 108 people were injured, 13 of them were hospitalized, including five children. Other 603 unwounded passengers went to the railway station Adler, where the special train brought them.

About 300 metres of railway track, two pylons of the power line were damaged in the railway incident, a source in the Ministry of Emergency Situations said.

On the instructions from the governor the Krasnodar territory authorities have formed a working group to eliminate the aftermaths of the railway crash. Vice-Governor Vadim Lukoyanov headed the working group. Three repair trains from Tikhoretsk, Rostov-on-Don and Bataisk are working at the incident site. Three cars were already brought back on the railway track for the past night. The railway track and the overhead line were restored at 07:00 Moscow time on Monday. This fact will permit to provide for a window to let the down trains go.

The approximate time for the end of the restoration works is at 12:00 Moscow time on Monday. As many as 1,078 people, 127 units of machinery, including 413 people and 57 units of machinery from the Ministry of Emergency Situations are involved in the restoration works.

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