Train carrying fertilizer derails in Romania
A Romanian train transporting chemical fertilizer derailed on Sunday, blocking railway lines and causing long delays in the Transylvania region.india Updated: Feb 27, 2006 14:52 IST
A Romanian train transporting chemical fertilizer derailed on Sunday, blocking railway lines and causing long delays in the northwest Transylvania region, officials said.
The derailment occurred between the cities of Sighisoara and Brasov, said Dorel Iosifescu, director of the Brasov branch of the National Romanian Railways.
Officials had to work overnight to clear the railway tracks and move rail cars that had overturned. Iosifescu said he hoped the railway would function normally later on Monday.
A preliminary investigation showed that the axle of one of the wheels snapped, causing the train to derail, spilling the nonflammable fertilizer, said Stefan Rahitean, head of the Emergency Situations Department in Brasov.
"There was no danger of an explosion but the line was damaged," Rahitean said. He said one track was reopened early Monday. About 15 trains traveling between Transylvania and the capital, Bucharest, were rerouted on Sunday and Monday due to the accident.