Firefighters have put out a blaze that broke out after 51 fuel tanks had derailed at the Belaya Kalitva station in Russia`s southern Rostov region overnight, VoR Reported.
Some 30 people were injured in the incident, 11 of them were hospitalized. 3,000 people have been evacuated from the area after one of the tanks had been reported to leak a toxic gas.
Seventeen rail cars of a 71-car-long cargo train derailed at the Belaya Kalitva station in Russia’s Rostov region at around 2 am local time. At least five cars have caught fire as a result of the accident, and heavy smoke is reported at the scene.
“As a result of the accident, one of the cars with diesel fuel tank started the fire, engulfing an area of 1.5 thousand square meters,” Interfax quoted the local Emergencies Ministry representative.
Official representative of the North Caucasian railway Evgeny Boevets told Interfax that during the derailment one of the cars exploded propane gas, enabling the flames spread to the locomotive.
“According to preliminary information, there was no explosion, instead, the tank caught fire,” said the source. At least 3000 people have been evacuated from the area around the crash site.
The thick smoke prevented emergency personnel to get close to the tracks because of the raging flames which cover an area of 1,500 square meters.
An inter-agency operational headquarters has been set up at the location to eliminate the fire and its aftermath and the governor of the region Vasily Golubev is also at the scene.
The state of emergency has been declared in the region.