Death toll in Bulgaria tanker train blast rises to eight

Death toll in Bulgaria tanker train blast rises to eight

Bulgarian authorities say the death toll from a tanker train explosion has risen to eight after a young man died of severe burns.

Saturday's explosion after the train derailed caused major damage in a village in the north east of the country, leaving another 29 injured, many with severe burns, the Interior Ministry said.

Authorities declared a state of emergency in Hitrino on Sunday.

Prime Minister Boiko Borisov, who is heading a crisis centre at the scene, confirmed that the death toll had climbed to eight.

The entire village remained evacuated Sunday as a precaution. Emergency teams were draining the propylene and liquefied petroleum gas out of the tankers.

While an official investigation into the cause of the train blast is still under way, local media have named human error and speeding as possible reasons.

AP

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