Train carrying petroleum explodes on the railroad west of Gori
August 24, 2008
On-going series: Crisis in the Caucasus - 2008
The Russian / Georgian Conflict and Its Impact on Azerbaijan
Train carrying petroleum explodes on the railroad west of Gori. The train was carrying 34 tanks of crude oil exploded at about 10:30 near the village of Skra, 7 km west of Gori, when moving from Azerbaijan to Batumi. The cause is suspected to be a Russian mine: Skra had been under full Russian control until the Russian pull-out of Gori. No casualties reported.
Explosion on Rail Line in Georgia, Allegedly caused by Landmines - Georgians Blame Russians.
Azerbaijan's oil now can only pass through Russian Northern pipeline - the Baku-Novorossiisk line, until repairs are made on the BTC pipeline, and the rail bridge in Georgia.
The explosion occurred near an abandoned Georgian military base. The blast hit the train about 10 kilometers (6 miles) west of Gori, which Russian forces had held until the pullback Friday, Utiashvili said.