The infrastructure suffered this Saturday a large fire and partial damage due to an explosion.
The Russian Investigative Committee has opened a criminal case for an alleged “crime” on the Crimean bridge, which links the occupied Ukrainian peninsula with Russia and which suffered a large fire and partial damage this Saturday due to an explosion of a truck that set fire to seven fuel tanks of a train, according to Moscow
“Investigators from the Russian Investigative Committee are establishing all the circumstances of the incident and the people involved in the crime,” the Kremlin-dependent agency wrote on its official Telegram channel.
He indicated that the Committee’s Main Investigation Department “initiated a criminal case in connection with the Crimean bridge incident” and that, on behalf of the agency’s chairman, Alexandr Bastrikin, forensic specialists from the Main Directorate of Criminalistics left for the place.
The Ministers of Emergencies, Alexandr Kurenkov, and Transport, Guennadi Saveliev, are also on their way.
The Investigation Committee indicated, as did the National Anti-Terrorist Agency (NAC), that, according to preliminary information, this morning a truck exploded on the automobile part of the Crimean bridge on the Taman Peninsula side, causing the fire of seven fuel tanks on a train headed for the Crimean peninsula.
As a result, two sections of cars partially collapsed.
According to the Governor of Crimea, Sergei Aksionov, two sections of the automobile part of the bridge have collapsed, according to the Interfax agency.
“The accident caused the collapse of two sections of the automobile part between Krasnodar and Kerch,” he noted.
Two locomotives approach the scene of the incident from Tamán and Kerch to dismantle the burning train. The fire has been extinguished, according to the Russian Emergencies Ministry.
“The burning diesel train has been extinguished on the Crimean bridge. There are no active fires at the moment,” he said in a statement.
A total of 250 people and 70 machines participate in the emergency work. Work to assess the damage to the bridge has already started, said Deputy Prime Minister Marat Khusnullín.
“A government commission will be created as soon as possible by order of President Vladimir Putin to investigate the incident and supervise reconstruction work. Efforts are underway to assess the damage and, once done, it will be possible how long it will take to rebuild. ” the damaged part of the bridge, indicated on Telegram.
Traffic on the car and rail portion of the bridge has been suspended.
Ferry transport across the Kerch Strait has already been launched, according to the Ministry of Transport, and a land transport corridor from Crimea to other Russian regions via new territories is being established, the adviser to the governor of the peninsula, Oleg Kriuchkov.
Local authorities assure that there is enough food and non-essential products for 55 days and fuel for at least 15 days on the peninsula, but in order to avoid an “artificial” panic, the sale of goods in grocery stores has been limited to 3 kilograms per person, according to the RIA Nóvosti agency.
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