A train carrying propane-butane derailed and exploded Saturday in northeast Bulgaria


. Some public buildings were also demolished in explosion. Seven of the train’s tanks, carrying propane-butane and propylene, derailed at the station in the village and after the cars hit the electricity line the train burst into flames. Officials ordered a full evacuation of the village so that the propylene can be safely removed. Around 150 firefighters are trying to extinguish the fire. Rescue teams are searching for survivors in houses near the train lines.

Prime Minister Boiko Borisov has appealed for blood donations at the local hospital treating the injured. Police officers are investigating the incident. Possible speeding or malfunctioning of the train tanks are among the most likely reasons for the incident, the head of the parliamentary commission Nastimir Ananiev said. Bulgaria’s government said it is preparing to announce Monday a day of national mourning following the deadly incident.


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