Pas­sen­ger train de­rails, dozens in­jured

The UB Post - - Front Page - By B.DULGUUN

Apas­sen­ger train head­ing from Ulaan­baatar to Sain­s­hand soum in Dornogovi Province de­railed and flipped to its side at 4:50 a.m. on Sunday due to flood-dam­aged rail­way tracks.

Although there weren’t any fa­tal­i­ties, many pas­sen­gers were se­verely in­jured, in­clud­ing a preg­nant woman and three chil­dren.

The ac­ci­dent oc­curred in Ai­rag soum in Dornogovi Province as the rail­way track was se­ri­ously dam­aged by heavy flood­ing in the area, ac­cord­ing to the rail­way au­thor­ity – Ulaan­baatar Rail­way (UBTZ), a Mon­go­lia-Rus­sia joint ven­ture com­pany.

Spokesper­son for the Min­istry of Health T.Amar­jar­galan gave a state­ment about the con­di­tions of the 328 peo­ple who were trav­el­ing in the train when it de­railed.

“Four doc­tors, a nurse, a jan­i­tor and a driver from the Med­i­cal Cen­ter of Dalan­jar­galan soum ar­rived at the site at 6:40 a.m. fol­lowed by three more doc­tors, a nurse and a driver from the Med­i­cal Cen­ter of Ai­rag soum who ar­rived 10 min­utes later. The road was very bad be­cause of flood­ing. The two med­i­cal teams ex­am­ined 84 peo­ple. For starters, 11 peo­ple – eight with soft tis­sue in­jury, one with frac­ture in his left leg, 34 to 35 weeks preg­nant woman, and one with a back in­jury – were taken to the Med­i­cal Cen­ter of Ai­rag soum. Three of them were chil­dren and the rest adults. Other pas­sen­gers are in sta­ble con­di­tion.”

At 1:00 p.m., the min­istry made an­other state­ment say­ing that 81 pas­sen­gers were taken to the Cen­tral Hospi­tal of Go­vi­sum­ber Province and seven to the Cen­tral Hospi­tal of Dornogovi Province for health ex­am­i­na­tions and treat­ment. Although most pas­sen­gers were di­ag­nosed with light in­juries, two were in se­ri­ous con­di­tion and had to be trans­ported to Go­vi­sum­ber Province for in­ten­sive care, ac­cord­ing to the re­port.

The Cen­tral Hospi­tal of Go­vi­sum­ber Province pro­vided med­i­cal as­sis­tance with 37 doc­tors, 22 nurses, and two res­i­dent doc­tors. Staff from health cen­ters and clin­ics in Dalan­jar­galan, Ai­rag, Shivee Ovoo and Bayan­tal soums are also as­sist­ing. Fif­teen buses were used to trans­port the pas­sen­gers to hos­pi­tals.

The gov­ern­ment re­quested as­sis­tance from Rus­sia af­ter their at­tempt to pull up the train with a con­struc­tion crane failed. The train is said to weigh around 150 tons.

On Sunday af­ter­noon, Deputy Min­is­ter of Roads and Trans­port De­vel­op­ment B.Tsogt­gerel re­ported that the Rus­sian side agreed to pro­vide tech­ni­cal as­sis­tance and ex­pected it to ar­rive in Dornogovi Province by 10:00 p.m. on Sunday.

“This ac­ci­dent was caused by nat­u­ral phe­nom­ena. Ac­ci­dents caused by pre­cip­i­ta­tion of 50 mm or more are clas­si­fied like so. The pre­cip­i­ta­tion level in Ai­rag soum reached 82 mm be­fore the ac­ci­dent. It’s still rain­ing at the site,” said B.Tsogt­gerel,

MIN­IS­TER J.BAT-ERDENE

VIS­ITS AC­CI­DENT SITE

A work­ing group led by Min­is­ter of Roads and Trans­port De­vel­op­ment J.Bat-Erdene and his deputy B.Tsogt­gerel ar­rived at the ac­ci­dent site in Ai­rag soum, Dornogovi Province on Sunday af­ter­noon.

The group first stopped by the Rail­way Con­trol Cen­ter. The rail­way staff in Sain­s­hand soum started trans­port­ing peo­ple who had al­ready bought two-way tick­ets be­tween Ulaan­baatar and Sain­s­hand to the next rail­way sta­tion in a bus. One of the staff re­ported that there had been con­sid­er­able dif­fi­culty man­ag­ing the traf­fic move­ment due to heavy down­pours in re­cent days across south of Dornogovi Province.

“Due to last night (Au­gust 11)’s heavy down­pour, the Ulaan­baatarSain­s­hand pas­sen­ger train No.286 de­railed at 4:50 a.m. (on Au­gust 12) around five km from Ai­rag soum. This broke off the lo­co­mo­tive and pulled an­other four trains off-track. The train was trans­port­ing 329 peo­ple. Just 20 min­utes be­fore it came to this area, the Zamiin Uud-Ulaan­baatar in­ter­na­tional train No.33 passed through this area. Right now, train move­ment has com­pletely stopped,” a spokesper­son for the Min­istry of Roads and Trans­port De­vel­op­ment stated.

The ac­ci­dent site in Ai­rag soum, Dornogovi Province

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