Number of victims in explosion and fire on Kerch bridge increases to five, Russian media report

9 October 2022, 04:18 PM
Crimean bridge (Photo:REUTERS/Alexey Pavlishak)

Crimean bridge (Photo:REUTERS/Alexey Pavlishak)

The number of people killed as a result of the explosion on the Crimean Bridge on Oct. 8, has reached five, with the bodies of a man and a woman having been recovered from the water, the Russian Telegram channel Mash reported on Oct. 9

There were four people, three men and a woman, in a car that was driving next to a truck at the point on the bridge where the explosion occurred. The driver of the truck is also believed to be dead.

The four who had been in the car were identified by Russian media only as Hlib O., Zoya S., Serhii M., and Eduard Ch.

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Mash also reported that the bodies of a woman and a man had been recovered, but the identity of the man is still unknown.

There was a large explosion on the Crimean bridge, the only link of the occupied Crimean Peninsula to Russia, and through which the Russians transfer reinforcements for their troops. Part of the roadway of the bridge collapsed into the water.

A train with fuel tankers next to the collapsed part of roadway caught fire.

Traffic flow had been partially restored on the bridge late in the evening.

Russian dictator Vladimir Putin signed a decree ordering the strengthening of security measures in the Kerch Strait.

The decree also refers to the strengthening of protective measures for power lines between Russia and the Crimean Peninsula, as well as the main gas pipeline that connects Russia’s Krasnodar Krai and Ukraine’s Russian-occupied Crimea.

The Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) has been put in charge of overseeing these measures.

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