Dimonans asked to stay indoors after train collision results in Bromine spill

Cargo train collides with three train wagons at entrance to city.

March 15, 2016 09:17
Scene of train collision in Dimona

Scene of train collision in Dimona . (photo credit: FIRE AND RESCUE SERVICE)

A one kilometer radius of Dimona was closed off Tuesday night after bromine spilled from a train following a train collision in the Negev town. For a few hours following the accident, residents in the area were asked to stay in their homes.

The collision occurred late Monday at the entrance to the train station in the city. After emergency services worked through the night, the residents were instructed that they could exit their homes. All roads in the area that were closed reopened early Tuesday.  

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The cargo train collided with three train wagons that were waiting on the tracks. One of the wagons contained bromine and as a result of the collision the substance began to leak. Four people were lightly injured in the accident, two who suffered from bruising, and two more who experienced itchy eyes. All four were evacuated to Soroka Medical Center in Beersheba.

Representatives from the Fire Service, Magen David Adom, the municipality, the Ministry of Defense, and the Ministry of Environmental Protection were all present at the scene of the accident. 

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