MOSCOW, Russia: Rail traffic has been halted on the famed Trans-Siberian railroad after a bridge collapsed Friday east of Lake Baikal.
Dozens of trains have since stopped running along the 5,772-mile railroad line, which spans eight time zones across Russia.
The Trans-Siberian railroad is the longest rail line in the world, traveling from Moscow to the Pacific port of Vladivostok.
Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin has urged rail officials to restore service on the Trans-Siberian Railway as soon as possible.
Putin reports that officials pledged to get trains moving again on section of the railway within 2 1/2 days.
Putin also told officials to act to ensure that food and other essential items are not interrupted in those regions affected by the train stoppage.