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Russia train chemicals blast injures 50

10 May 2013

On May 9 an explosion on a freight train carrying chemicals and oil products hurled part of a rail wagon into a residential block in southern Russia, injuring at least 50 people, officials said.

The federal Investigative Committee said 69 wagons carrying sodium chloride, gasoline, fuel oil, propane and other goods derailed following an onboard fire near Belaya Kalitva station in the Rostov-on-Don region, around 1,000km south of Moscow.

A criminal investigation has been launched into possible safety breaches. 

Despite the toxic contents of railcars, Emergencies Ministry spokesman Ilya Konstantinov said that there was no danger neither for the residents, nor for the workers at the site.

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