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Ukraine train derailment causes large oil spill and fire

22 August 2014

A train with 35 tanker cars of oil derailed at Horodyshche in Cherkasy Oblast, central Ukraine, on the morning of August 22. The derailment triggered a major oil spill, with 11 of the cars catching fire. According to the State Emergencies Service, quoted in Kyiv Post, crews extinguished the fire by midday and cleaned up over 1,250 square meters of contaminated ground with the help of 230 local emergency personnel.

Horodysche, home to 14,480 residents, was on high alert in the morning as the fire spread to 25 houses near the railway station. No casualties were reported from the site, according to local officials.

An explosion also occurred on a railway near the station of Zanky, in the Zmiyiv district of Ukraine’s eastern Kharkiv region early on August 23, damaging the rails but causing no casualties.

That incident could have been caused by militants involved in the uprising in the eastern part of the country, who have been blamed for earlier attacks on infrastructure, including the gas pipeline explosion near Pestichevskoe village in Poltava Oblast on June 17.


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