IRKUTSK/MOSCOW, January 12 (RIA Novosti) – Two train drivers were killed in Russia’s Irkutsk region on Saturday when their train carrying coal was derailed, the local Emergencies Ministry said.
“According to initial information, the locomotive crew of two have been killed – the driver and his assistant,” the Ministry said.
Russian Railways confirmed the deaths of two locomotive crew.
At least 20 of the train’s 60 wagons left the tracks, after the train collided with a single locomotive on the Utulik-Slyudyanka section of the Trans-Siberian line at 05.10 a.m. Moscow time.
Emergency workers are at the scene.
Rail movements in both directions have been stopped as a result of the crash, and power lines have been brought down.
A passenger train travelling from Novosibirsk to Vladivostok has been delayed due to the accident, and “food and hot water have been supplied to it,” local Emergencies Ministry staff said.