Russian authorities reported that a vehicle explosion that occurred Saturday in the center of the bridge connecting Crimea and Russia killed three persons.
During the incident, a train that was simultaneously crossing the Kerch bridge had seven fuel tanks set ablaze. According to Russia, two of the victims, a man and a woman, have been extricated from the river below.
According to Russia, the three victims were most likely occupants of the automobile close to the truck that exploded.
According to the Russian national news agency RIA, authorities have stopped traffic on the bridge. According to Ukrainian media outlets, an explosion was heard around six in the morning local time, according to Reuters.
Social media images of the road-and-rail bridge reveal that a portion of the structure was demolished and fell into the lake below. In other videos, a sizable fire and a column of black smoke can be seen.
Russian authorities claim that a citizen of the southern Russian region of Krasnodar owns the vehicle, and they are currently examining the owner’s home and tracing the truck’s path.
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The shipping arches are not damaged, the agency continued.
Hours before to the reports of the fire, Russia shelled Kharkiv in eastern Ukraine, demolish many buildings, and send towering plumes of smoke into the sky.
No casualties were reported by the authorities.
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Following Russia’s 2014 annexation of the Crimean Peninsula from Ukraine, the Kerch Bridge was constructed. It was formally inaugurated in 2018 to link Russia and Crimea.
This report was made possible by the Associated Press.