At least 7 people were killed and 29 injured when a tank LPG exploded after derailment of the cargo train in the northeastern Bulgarian village of Hitrino at 15:30 local time (EET), Joinfo.com reports with reference to the local media.
Twenty tanks on the train contained polypropylene and three – liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). The train was en route Bourgas (on the Black Sea) to Rousse.
Twelve tanks with propylene – highly flammable gas – derailed at the rail station, one of them struck the power line and caught fire. According to the local media, the tanks with propylene crashed into buildings of the village that is home to about 1,000 people.
About 20 buildings in the village have been damaged, some seriously.
Rescue team pulled out about a dozen of survivorsof from the ruins of the destroyed houses and administrative buildings.
“There will be more victims for sure,” said Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov, whoarrived at the scene.
The investigation of the incident is underway.
Bulgarian government has announced a day of national mourning on Monday December 12 following the incident.