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YUZHNO-SAKHALINSK, November 3. /TASS/. A total of twelve people were rushed to hospital and one more person died on Monday night in a railroad accident on Russia’s Far-Eastern island of Sakhalin, the press service of the regional branch of the Ministry for Emergency Situations said in a press release.
A passenger train cruising between the port towns of Khomsk and Chekhov slid off the track at 18:35 local time (11.35 MSK). A rail maintenance foreman died and twelve of the 45 people aboard the train were rushed to hospital with medium-heavy traumas.
Two officers of the Far-Eastern transport police department happened to be among the passengers and they gave first aid to the fellow-passengers and the train crew after the accident.
Emergencies Ministry officials said a team of about 175 on a specialized repair train had been dispatched to the site of the crash.