MOSCOW, Oct. 8, 2022 (TBINN)
A key bridge that connects the Crimean Peninsula with mainland Russia was gutted in a fire sparked by a car bomb, authorities in Moscow today.
According to Russia’s state news agency, R.I.A., said that a fuel tank was on fire on the Kerch bridge, while Ukraine media reported an explosion. Visuals from the bridge showed some carriages of a train on the Kerch Bridge in Crimea engulfed in a fire. Traffic has been suspended on the road and rail bridge.
An object believed to be a fuel storage tank has caught fire on the Crimean bridge, but the via-duct’s navigable arches sustained no damage, an aide to the head of Crimea, Oleg Kryuchkov, said as cited by local media.
Meanwhile, the National Anti-Terrorism Committee of Russia said the bridge connecting Crimean Peninsula with mainland Russia was damaged in a blast, which occurred today, caused a partial collapse of the road on the vehicle section. It also triggered a blaze on a freight train on the parallel rail section, with seven fuel tanks catching fire, according to Russian media.
A ferry service across the Kerch Strait will be launched later today, Crimea’s Head Sergey Aksyonov has said.
It is pertinent to mention here that the bridge was opened in 2018 by President Vladimir Putin, four years after Moscow annexed Crimea and was designed to link the peninsula to Russia’s transport network.