Bulgarian train explosion kills four

The Bulgarian authorities have ordered an evacuation as firefighters battled the blaze.

A train carrying liquid petroleum gas has derailed and exploded in Bulgaria, killing at least four people.

More than 20 people are being treated in hospital with burns and other injuries after the incident in the village of Hitrino, local media say.

Hitrino, a town of around 800 people, is located in Bulgaria’s north-eastern Shumen province, about 60 miles (100km) from the Black Sea.

“At least 20 buildings were damaged in the derailment and explosion,’’ spokesperson Nikolay Nikolov said.

Two tanks hit an electricity line and exploded when the train derailed near the village station at about 05:30 local time (03:30 GMT), according to several reports.

“There are many people injured… many with burns,’’ Interior Ministry Chief Secretary, Georgi Kostov said.

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borisov said he was travelling to the village.

Blood needed
In a post on social media, he said that “the regional hospital needed blood supplies to cope with the causalities and appealed to people in the region to donate blood.’’

Transport Minister Ivalyo Moskovski also said he was travelling to the village.

In a brief statement, he said he had ordered both the head of the railway accident investigation task force and a representative of the rail infrastructure company to attend the scene.

Mercy Chukwudiebere