They already reclassified it as a terrorist attack. Via Google translate:It's unlikely that a short circuit causes the explosion or the fire of a fuel tank wagon. So gazoline could take fire on the surface but that would not cause any immediate explosion if any.
If firefighters are operating in the tunnel, no other train is able to pass. It's a one track way.
If it's confirmed as a SBU sabotage (as Ukrinform confirmed), that would be yet one more embarrassement for Russians.
Investigators of the Eastern Interregional Investigation Department for Transport opened a criminal case under the article on the terrorist attack after the explosion and fire of a train on the Baikal-Amur highway, in the Severomuysky tunnel.[…]
According to the sources, the case was initiated against unidentified persons. Investigators previously established that the tank caught fire when an unspecified explosive device was blown up. It could have been under the car.
Baza sources reported that unknown persons blew up a freight train of 50 cars on the Itykit-Okusikkan section. The locomotive crew said that during the passage of the tunnel the tension was removed, the train braked. After a while, heavy smoke began in the tunnel - the brigade consolidated the train and left the tunnel.
As a result of the explosion, 16 tanks burned out. A breakdown was found in two tanks in the drain area. Previously, the fuel spilled over an area of 150 square meters.
Следователи Восточного межрегионального следственного управления на транспорте возбудили дело по статье о теракте после взрыва и возгорания поезда на Байкало-Амурской магистрали, в Северомуйском тоннеле в Бурятии. В США со ссылкой на источник в украинских спецслужбах утверждают, что произошедшее...