Aggregate spills as cargo train derails

A total of 15 out of 50 cars of a cargo train derailed on Wednesday afternoon on a railway between Augustów and Suwałki, north-eastern Poland.

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Nobody was injured in the accident, but the cargo of aggregate spilled from the cars which derailed. This material is not dangerous to the environment but has to be removed.

The Polish National Railways PLK, the infrastructure manager of the railway, announced that it will be closed until Monday at the latest. According to early estimates, around 100m (109.36 yards) of the tracks have been damaged.

A replacement bus transport for passengers was established. The causes of the accident will be investigated by a special committee.

This is the peak season in rail travel with both the school holidays which started this week and a long weekend due to Corpus Christi on Thursday.

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