22 may

All 6 train crash victims were citizens of Moldova

By Wednesday noon, the number of victims of the yesterday’s train catastrophe in the Moscow oblast [region] has reached 6 persons, and all of them were Republic of Moldova citizens, Russian Minister of Health Veronica Skvortsova stated to the press.

According to her, 23 injured persons have now been in Moscow and oblast hospitals, and an absolute majority of them are Moldovans. The condition of 7 of them remains serious.

Train traffic in the wreck area was restored yet on Tuesday night. Investigators are establishing the true reason(s) of the crash.

By now, the Russian investigators have put forward three main versions of the tragic event: the improper technical state of the Ukrainian freight train; improper technical condition of the rails on the wreck site; and the Ukrainian locomotive drivers’ mistake(s).

As already reported by Infotag, the catastrophe happened on Tuesday noon 80 kilometers off Moscow. The freight train was heading to Moscow and the Moldovan passenger train “Moscow-Chisinau” – in the opposite direction. The freight train suddenly derailed and collided tangentially with the passenger train, which happened to be moving there at the moment. Over 50 out of 394 passengers and personnel suffered from the accident.