Earlier in the day, a Finnish body responsible for the investigation of transport accidents said that one of the rail tanks had gone off the rails in the Finnish municipality of Mantyharju in the east of the country. The body reported that 35,000 liters of methyl tert-butyl ether (MTBE) had released into the environment.
The train comprised 50 Russian tank cisterns.
A rescue team, ecologists, and railway company representatives are currently working on the scene. No victims were reported as a result of the incident.
According to a preliminary version of the Finnish authorities, the cause of the accident might be a technical breakage.
Methyl tert-butyl ether poses threat to environmental and health as its leakage results in particular contamination of groundwater.
Mäntyharjun MTBE-vuoto on valunut Haapapuroon. Puro on ollut erittäin uhanalaisen taimenen elvytetyskohde sitten —09. Uhanalaiset taimenet ovat suuressa vaarassa, ellei jo kuolleet.:(https://t.co/2qX2FoFsv4@OTKES_SIAF @WWFSuomi @luonnonsuojelu @EtelaSavonELY @LansiSavo @hsfi pic.twitter.com/BEAB3ElgVJ— Vaelluskala.net (@vaelluskalanet) 8 апреля 2018 г.