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Freight train collides with truck, leaving 4 injured

By E.DARI

A collision involving a freight train and truck occurred yesterday near Sky Resort at Bogd KhaanMountain.

The freight train traveling from Zamyn-Uud to Ulaanbaatar clashed with a Kamaz truck at around 7 am on the railway junction located north of Sky Resort. The Kamaz truck, which was crossing the junction, was hit hard by the train. As a result of the collision, two engine drivers, a drayman and the driver of the truck were injured and taken to the hospital.

When journalists arrived at the scene, two traction trains were derailed and three freight trains were broken down. The collision also took down four electricity poles, and rails along some 200 meters were torn down.

The relevant officials suspect the reason for the collision was the failure of the private operator of the rail’s maintenance to follow the railroad’s operational rules.

According to the Deputy Head in Charge of Railway Transportation of the Ulaanbaatar Railway, Sh.Erdenebulgan, a road construction company working on the northern road of Bogd Khaan Mountain, is in charge of the railway junction until December 1. The railway junction was supposed to open at 8 am that morning, but it was opened an hour before, possibly resulting in the collision that morning. Two watchmen in charge of the junction were on shift break. At the time the collision occurred a person with no specialized training in railway maintenance was in charge of the junction.

According to Sh.Erdenebulgan, the derailed traction trains belong to Ulaanbaatar Railway and were purchased for 4.2 million USD in 2011. One of the traction trains lost all of its fuel and will likely remain permanently out of commission. The three freight trains, property of the Russian railway, were completely demolished.

A total of 24 trains travel this rail route each day. The 2,500 passengers on board the train were taken to Ulaanbaatar by bus from Khonkhor Station. It was decided that the passengers of trains traveling from Beijing to Ulaanbaatar would be transported by bus.

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