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Coal cars derailed in two Russian regions

February 12, 2014, 18:28 UTC+3 MOSCOW
A total of 170 people and 30 units of equipment are being used to deal with the accident’s consequences
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MOSCOW, February 12. /ITAR-TASS/. Coal cars of freight trains derailed in two Russian regions on Wednesday, officials said.

Six cars derailed in the Amur Region in Russia’s Far East. At first, three cars of one train got off their railway tracks and entered the adjacent tracks, colliding with the locomotive of an oncoming train, causing the derailment of the second train's three cars, the Emergencies Ministry’s regional department reported.

No one was injured in the accident that occurred on the Gorely-Skovorodino section. A short section of railway tracks and an overhead line support were damaged. Ministry experts are working on the site. Emergency trains have been dispatched to repair the tracks.

Four trains were late due to the incident, which was apparently caused by a broken side frame of the train’s freight bogie, railroad officials told Itar-Tass.

A total of 170 people and 30 units of equipment are being used to deal with the accident’s consequences, the Emergencies Ministry said.

In a separate incident, 30 coal cars of a freight train were derailed in the Chelyabinsk Region in the Urals. No one was injured in the accident that occurred near the city of Zlatoust on the Khrebet-Urzhumka section.

Some 800 meters of the tracks and three overhead line supports were damaged as a result. Three trains were late due to the accident. About 800 people and 70 units of equipment are involved in efforts to restore railway traffic, emergencies officials said.

A pre-investigation check is underway.

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