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Span collapsed on Crimean bridge

Monday, 17 July 2023, 04:55
Span collapsed on Crimean bridge
CRIMEAN BRIDGE AT NIGHT, 16-17 JULY. PHOTO FROM ASTRA'S TELEGRAM

Sergei Aksyonov, the so-called head of the Russian administration in occupied Crimea, has said that an "emergency" has occurred on the Crimean Bridge, causing it to be closed to traffic. Russian Telegram channels are reporting that a span on the bridge has collapsed.

Source: Aksyonov on Telegram; Russian Telegram channels Baza and Astra

Quote: "Traffic has been stopped on the Crimean Bridge: an emergency has occurred in the area of the 145th pier from Krasnodar Krai. Law enforcement agencies and all relevant services are working [at the scene].

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I spoke with Vitaly Gennadyevich Savelyev, Minister of Transport of the Russian Federation, and he said measures are being taken to get things back on track. We are keeping in touch with our counterparts from Krasnodar Krai."

Details: At the same time, Baza, a Russian Telegram channel, reported that a span on the Crimean Bridge had collapsed, killing at least two people and injuring one more.

Another Russian Telegram channel, Astra, quoting local residents, has also confirmed the collapse of a span on the Crimean Bridge.

"At least two explosions were heard before that," the channel reported.

Aksyonov urged Crimean residents to refrain from travelling across the bridge and to "choose an alternative land route for safety reasons".

Later, a Telegram channel called Shot posted a photo of the aftermath of the explosion on the Crimean Bridge.

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