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Russian PM forms government commission to address consequences of Crimean Bridge incident

Deputy Prime Minister Marat Khusnullin will head the commission

MOSCOW, October 8. /TASS/. Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin has formed a government commission following an incident on the Crimean Bridge, the cabinet said in a statement on Telegram on Saturday.

"Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin signed a decree creating a government commission to establish the causes of the incident on the Crimean Bridge and address its consequences. Deputy Prime Minister Marat Khusnullin will head the commission," the statement reads.

The commission brings together officials from the Transport Ministry, the Emergencies Ministry, the Ministry of Construction, the Federal Agency of Sea and River Transport, the Federal Road Agency, the Federal Rail Transport Agency, the National Guard, the Interior Ministry and the Federal Security Service, as well as the heads of the Krasnodar Region and the Republic of Crimea.

Khusnullin wrote on Telegram that he planned to depart for Crimea in the coming hours to assess the damage to the bridge. "We will make decisions on the ground on how to restore the bridge as quickly as possible," he noted.

Russian President Vladimir Putin earlier handed down instructions to form a government commission to look into the incident.

According to the Russian Investigative Committee, a truck exploded on the road part of the Crimean Bridge on Saturday morning, causing seven fuel tanks of a railway train to catch fire. Two spans of the road bridge partially collapsed. Traffic on the bridge was suspended. According to preliminary information, the incident caused no casualties.