As per information received from our Chinese colleagues, two freight trains collided and caught fire near the Sino-Kazakh border on last week, derailing 18 carriages and damaging 150 meters of track. Fortunately, there was no cargo on the train and no human casualties.
According to Urumqi Customs, a large quantity of iron ore and coke have poured out of the trains. The accident is being investigated by customs and railway officials from both sides. Workers with Kazakhstan’s national railway company have been clearing the site and repairing the damaged rails. Chinese rail authorities have sent staff to join the rescue upon invitation from Kazakhstan.
At this moment, five international cargo trains are stranded at the Alataw Pass in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region .
As the gateway to major trading partner, the Alataw Pass is a major border crossing point for railways, roads and an oil pipeline.
Please be guided accordingly . RCL Agencies will keep you updated on all further developments.