Railway traffic in southern Bosnia is halted today because of an accident that happened Sunday evening near the town of Čapljina. A train bound for Sarajevo derailed minutes after leaving the station in the southern town.
According to the reports from the accident site, the train was derailed by a massive rock that rolled onto the tracks. The engine, which hit the rock first, plunged into the Neretva river below the tracks. None of the passengers on the train were hurt.
The media reported that the railway traffic between Sarajevo and Čapljina via Mostar will be restored when the engine is pulled out from the river.
The derailed train was one of the Talgo trains that the Federation entity’s railways company bought years ago. The purchase was controversial at the time, as Bosnia’s outdated railway infrastructure isn’t compatible with modern express trains.