Landslide Debris Causes Train to Derail in Russian Urals

MOSCOW, February 12 (RIA Novosti) – A freight train loaded with coal derailed in Russia’s southern Urals region early Wednesday morning, damaging a stretch of track and delaying traffic on the route. 

Thirty cars carrying coal in the Chelyabinsk region derailed at about 1 a.m. Moscow time after the driver used the emergency brake to avoid rubble from a landslide on Tuesday evening, railways authorities said. 

Nobody was injured in the accident, but over 700 meters of track were damaged, state-owned Russian Railways said. 

Officials diverted six trains to other routes and canceled another because of the derailment. 

Over 300 railway employees are working to clear the landslide from the track, Russian Railways said. 

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