RZD freight train derailed and in flames after anti-war group attack

Image: Telegram. Community of railroad workers in Belarus

A freight train derailed in the Bryansk region of Russia, near the border with Ukraine, after an explosive device was detonated. Despite accusation moved against Ukrainians, the act, which did not cause any casualties, was claimed by Russian anti-war guerrilla movement Stop The Wagons on Telegram.

The explosion occurred on the rail section between Rassukha and Unecha, near the Russian borders with Ukraine and Belarus. RZD explained that the train locomotive and seven wagons, four loaded with oil products and three with construction cargo, derailed around 10:17 am on 1 May after an explosion. The locomotive and two of the containers containing oil caught fire as a consequence of the accident. The fire was extinguished around 12:30 pm on the same day, according to RZD.

The Russian company also mentioned that roughly 300 workers and three recovery trains have been depolyed to repair the tracks and remove the derailed convoy. “About 100 meters of railroad tracks have been laid”, RZD pointed out, stating that traffic on the Rassukha-Unecha line was reinstated in the early morning of Tuesday 2 May.

Image: Telegram. © Stop The Wagons

The Stop The Wagons movement

The Russian anti-war movement Stop The Wagons specialises in strategic attacks on the Russian rail infrastructure to prevent the transport of equipment, fuel, ammunition, and other war supplies. The movement took responsibility for various incidents so far, including one in the Amur Oblast on the Trans-Siberian Railway in June and one always in the Bryansk region in October.

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Author: Marco Raimondi

Marco Raimondi is an editor of RailFreight.com, the online magazine for rail freight professionals.

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