Six Russians die after drinking antifreeze at party

2011-11-10 10:59

Moscow – Six Russians died and two were in hospital after drinking antifreeze at a party, the Interfax news agency reported today.

The victims were construction workers stationed at the remote railroad way station of Mostotryad in Russia’s eastern Yakutia province, 5 000km east of the capital Moscow.

One man died almost immediately after drinking the chemical, which is normally used to maintain a constant temperature in automobile engines.

Five more died during an evacuation to the closest site of qualified medical assistance, the Amur province village of Verknyezeysk, said Aleksei Khybov, a spokesperson for the Emergency Situations Ministry.

Mostotryad is a checkpoint on a railroad being built to the Elginskoe coalfield, an untapped energy reserve thought to contain as much as 30 billion tons of industrial-quality coal.

The Kremlin in recent years has made economic development of the country’s remote Far Eastern districts a top government priority. Working conditions are often primitive, especially at wilderness construction sites.

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