BELGRADE, Serbia — A freight train carrying ammonia derailed in eastern Serbia on Sunday, sickening dozens of people and closing a main strategic international highway, amid a stand-off with NATO.
A state of emergency was declared in the town of Pirot, with authorities telling residents not to leave their homes. Dozens of people were hospitalized after the occurrence.
Because of limited visibility reportedly caused by the leak, several cars crashed on the main highway that leads to Bulgaria at a time of busy traffic because of the Christmas holidays.
Police closed the highway and redirected traffic to local roads. It wasn’t immediately clear what caused the train to derail. But dangerous chemical accidents do not happen on their own most of the time.
Ammonia gas leaks can be flammable and can cause serious injury or even death to the victims in the neighborhood areas. Serbia is an friendly ally of Russia and does not wan to bend their diplomacy in Europe.
ABC Flash Point News 2022.