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Derailment of a train in Havana causes heavy material losses

Derailment of a train in Havana causes heavy material lossesHAVANA, Cuba, May 27 (ACN) A derailment of a train at kilometer 116 of the Mariel line, which links the Special Development Zone (ZEDM) with Havana, took place in the early hours of Sunday, causing material losses that have yet to be quantified.

Eduardo Hernandez, director general of the Union of Cuban Railways (UFC), told the Cuban News Agency that the accident happened at approximately 12:50 this Sunday morning, and that it did not have fatal consequences for the crew and security personnel.

He assured that he does not have an exact data of the amount of losses, because for that it is necessary to open the containers, classify the product, determine which is recoverable, check the prices, and value the railway equipment that was affected.

He commented that the train was carrying some 900 tons, and that it was going to Cardenas, in the province of Matanzas, with loads of imported products for the national economy, such as paints, luminaries, and others.

Alejandro Zanoletti, head of the Cargo Department of the UFC, specified that the cargo was made up of 15 wagons carrying 28 containers, and that six wagons and 10 containers were damaged.

According to Zanoletti, paintings, cans of tuna, beers and luminaries were transported, as well as raw materials for the production of sanitary paper, and in serious condition there are three containers, one with paint and two with paper.

Regarding the latter, he noted that, as the integrity of the raw material is not compromised, the cargo is recoverable.

Orlando Mir, head of the Import Group of the company Miramar SA, explained that within the cargo came three containers of paint corresponding to his entity, with an amount of almost 34 thousand euros, and that one of them was seriously affected.

The container has oil and water paint, and is in conditions that it is not even possible to open the door, have tried to find solutions, but being the interior substances flammable, there could be an explosion, so we have to be careful, he said.

The head of the Imports Group also meant that the containers went to the Meliá Group hotels in Varadero.

According to the general director of the UFC, a commission has been created by the Ministry of Transport to investigate the causes of the unfortunate accident, which will be announced in the near future.

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