The train – said to be carrying a white powder – was around 130 miles from Moscow when an explosion derailed it
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A Russian train derailed some 130 miles from Moscow (Image: Moscow Interregional Transport Prosecutor’s Office via AP)
A Russian cargo train crashed off the tracks following a suspected “sabotage attack”.
A major explosion is said to have destroyed tracks in the Ryazan region, around 130 miles southeast of Moscow. The Mirror reports the train was carrying a white powder cargo.
It is however unclear what the cargo is. Officials said the 19 carriages were transporting “mineral fertiliser”.
It was suspected that the attack was either by Ukrainians operatives in Russia, or Russian partisans sympathetic to Kyiv.
An explosion is said to have derailed the train (Image: Moscow Interregional Transport Prosecutor’s Office via AP)
It came shortly after kamikaze drone attacks on a Russian gunpowder plant and a factory making Iskander-M and other missiles. The rail incident was quickly labelled “sabotage” by the authorities. It appeared that this specific train had been targeted.
CCTV footage is said to have caught the sound of a loud explosion. Russian Railways said the crash was “as a result of interference by unauthorised persons in the operation of railway transport”.
The carriages were thrown off the line at 7.12am local time, near the town of Rybnoye. The driver’s assistant sustained minor injuries, and an ambulance was called.
A report said: “There is no threat to the environment from the carriage derailment.”
Officials say the train was sabotaged (Image: Moscow Interregional Transport Prosecutor’s Office via AP)