Multiple train derailments are reported in several countries with freight rail mostly affected. From Russia to Turkey and to Chicago, train accidents were recorded on Friday and Saturday.
Turkish media says two people were injured after a train hit a construction vehicle on anIstanbul suburban route.
The official Anadolu news agency said the crash on Saturday happened on a test run on the route near Istanbul’s international airport. The train crashed into a vehicle laying out the power line. Photographs from the scene showed the front of the electricity construction car destroyed.
The agency said that two people stuck on the train were rescued. There was no information on their conditions.
Cargo train carrying coal derails on Trans-Siberian railway
A large cargo train carrying coal has derailed in eastern Siberia, according to the Russian Emergencies Ministry, which reported that 29 cars derailed, damaging 300 meters of rails. No one was injured in the incident.
Passenger services in both directions of the Trans-Siberian railway and two trains bound for Moscow and Vladivostok have been delayed.
The Trans-Siberian is the longest railway line in the world, running from Moscow to Russia’s Far East. Trips along the 9,289-kilometer (5,772-mile) line have become a major tourist attraction both for Russians and foreigners.
Another Freight Detail in Chicago
Trains on Metra’s SouthWest service experienced cancelations and delays Friday evening following a freight train derailment on the South Side.
The freight train derailment happened near 40th Street before 5 p.m., according to Metra’s website.
Metra canceled a train scheduled to leave Union Station at 6:58 p.m. Commuters were advised to use the Rock Island and Heritage Corridor lines as alternatives.
No one was injured in the derailment, according to Chicago Fire Dept. Cmdr. Frank Velez.